Hull City v Leeds United: Just stop Fryatt - Swan

Former Leeds United striker Peter Swan says big-money Hull City recruit Matty Fryatt is the man the Whites must keep quiet to claim derby glory at the KC Stadium.

Leeds-born Swan, who played for United in the 1980s before assuming cult status in East Yorkshire, insists the 1.2m marksman is the real striking deal ahead of Tuesday's Championship fixture.

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Tigers boss Nigel Pearson, as well as bringing in Fryatt from his former club Leicester, has also wafted the chequebook to sign another 1m man in Peterborough United attacker Aaron McLean.

Media pundit Swan, a regular at Hull games home and away, is expecting a classic encounter next week.

But he feels the Whites' rearguard must get to grips with City's attacking spearheads – and Fryatt in particular – if they are to claim the bragging rights against the rejuvenated hosts who have seen their colours lowered just once in their last dozen league matches.

On Fryatt, who smashed 31 goals to fire the Foxes to the League One title in 2008-9 and top-scored with 13 for the Foxes last term, Swan said: "He looks to be one of the best strikers in the league. He looks a complete player.

"McLean sort of plays off the shoulder (ofdefenders) and when he has to think about things, he's probably not one of the best. But he's one of those who gets behind the back of defenders and has pace and can be a handful and in one-on-one's, he'll be ok.

"But Fryatt looks like he's got a bit of everything from what I've seen of him.

"He can hold the ball up and run the line and has got a bit of pace and is a good finisher. He's a bit more dynamic than McLean.

"I do think the strikers that Hull have got will trouble the two centre-halves at Leeds.

"Because defensively, I don't think Leeds have been tight enough and it's let them down a bit."

Tuesday's derby is close to being a 25,404 sell-out.

Meanwhile, United's crunch trip to high-flying rivals Swansea City on Saturday, February 26 will now be televised live on Sky Sports.


The clash at the Liberty Stadium – a ground where the Whites have visited just once before – will now kick-off at lunch-time at 12.45pm.

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