Midfielder has played an important role for City under Steve Bruce but is now injured
17 November ~ Sometimes, the timing in football is truly rotten. In the case of midfielder David Meyler, his newly suffered knee injury has come just as, finally, he appears to have been noticed by the majority of his club’s fans. Meyler has been at Hull City for most of the Steve Bruce era, having previously worked under the same manager at Sunderland.
Involved in the two big achievements that hitherto earned the club headlines – promotion in 2013 and the 2014 FA Cup run (with goals in the quarter and semi finals) – Meyler nevertheless has never quite had the appreciation from City fans that he deserves.
At a match on October 31, the execrable line “he used to be shite, but now he’s all right” from a boneheaded section of colourless City support appeared within the first ever Meyler song from the stands, the rest of which was predictable fare based on the words and tune to Winter Wonderland.
On social media, other fans denounced the song, and even the media-friendly Meyler himself acknowledged its existence wryly, while presumably under it all feeling a tad miffed. Such was the effect of the outcry, three days later a much more flattering ditty emerged at Brentford to the tune of Lola, continuing in the home against Middlesbrough the following weekend.
Meyler’s expected eight-week layoff means the new song will have to be put away for the time being, while more showbizzy midfielders such as Tom Huddlestone, Mohamed Diamé and Jake Livermore aim to continue City’s tremendous run of form.
The aforementioned names have proved to be part of the problem; because Meyler doesn’t pass like Huddlestone, link like Livermore or power forwards like Diamé, he is seen automatically as the inferior player, despite being much more worthy a presence in the centre of the City side than all three at some point during their respective stays at the KC.
In eight weeks’ time, Meyler will hopefully be able to celebrate Christmas by getting back into the City team, aiding a side he clearly cares about towards promotion, not to mention plans he has for next summer after his country, Ireland, booked their place at the Euros.
Within all of this, he may also be looking forward to having his obvious popularity with the City fans proved all over again, as it has been, unjustifiably, a long time coming. Matthew Rudd