£2 Million-Rated Hull City Loanee Seals Fresh Agreement

Noah Ohio made quite the impression at Hull City last season, but he’s agreed a fresh move this summer, and it isn’t a return to the Championship club.

He’s been announced as a new signing by Eredivisie club FC Utrecht, penning a three-year deal. The Netherlands Under 21 international leaves Standard Liege in Belgium and returns permanently to his homeland for the first time since leaving FC Almere as a 12-year-old.

“I am very happy to be here, it is finally done,” he told the club’s website. “It was already very close during the winter break. FC Utrecht is a club that the fans love, it is a beautiful club.

“As a team we have to deliver a good season which the fans also deserve. If we do that, you will also perform better as an individual. I want to help the team with that and I work hard, in the end it is all about goals.”

The move will likely disappoint Hull City fans, who saw some crucial goals from the youngster last season. He joined on loan in January and scored a winning goal against Rotherham in only his second appearance. He also scored a late equaliser in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Ipswich, which kept the club’s slim hopes of a play-off place alive at the end of the campaign.

At the end of the season Ohio, who represented England at Under 16 level, expressed a desire to remain in the Championship with the Tigers.

“Yes, for sure (he’d like to stay),” he said. “I think the fans have taken to me well, I think the club has taken to me well, so it’s something I would definitely think about and speak to my family about. For now, it’s about just doing the right things daily and when that comes after the 26th of May after the play-off final, we’ll speak about it.”

Those conversations didn’t happen, and the change in manager at the MKM Stadium seems to have killed off hopes of a move. Indeed, it was reported just a week ago by Belgium outlet HLN (via The 72) that the player would not be returning to England.

He is no stranger to these shores; having left his homeland in 2015, the forward, rated at £2 million by Transfermarkt, joined Manchester United. After a year at Old Trafford, he swapped to Manchester City, before moving to RB Leipzig in 2021.

He didn’t break through with the Austrian side, but enjoyed loan spells with Vitesse and Austria Wien before switching to Leige on a four-year deal in 2022.

Writer’s View

Could Ohio be the one that got away? He played just 298 minutes of Championship football last season, still scoring three times from xG reported by Wyscout at just 1.39. His late goal against Ipswich was a huge boost for the Tigers late on in the season, albeit a futile one, given how they still missed out on the top six.

The forward should be a huge success at Utrecht. If he gets regular game time, all the attributes are in place for him to kick on and get more goals. A goal-laden season in the Eredivisie could leave Hull fans wondering what they’ve missed out on, given his desire to join the club at the tail end of last season.

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