Hull City’s signing of David Marshall from Cardiff City will have Fantasy Premier League managers that own Eldin Jakupovic on edge. The Swiss goalkeeper (4.1m) has been one of the budget buys of the season so far, delivering 14 points for anyone who bought him pre-season for 4.0m and played him in every match. But Scotland international Marshall is being touted as challenging him for a starting place.
Whoever starts between the sticks for the Tigers will need to be good. Only Burnley have conceded more shots than Hull’s 70 so far this season, though to be fair to the Yorkshire club they have had a tricky start with home games against Premier League champions Leicester City and a shot-happy Manchester United sandwiching a kinder fixture away at Swansea.
Despite that, Hull have limited their opponents to just two goals conceded, the joint second fewest early in this Premier League season. Part of that success has to be down to Jakupovic, who currently boasts a save percentage of 88 per cent. That is high and I would expect it to regress a bit if he keeps playing, though it is helped by the Tigers limiting their rivals to shooting from outside the box more often than not. Nevertheless, that save percentage also shows the good form Jakupovic has been in.
There’s more to goalkeeping than shot-stopping, but Hull dropping Jakupovic immediately for Marshall would be tough on the former Grasshopper man.