Chelsea youngster Xavier Simons joined Hull City on loan in the summer, and despite hardly featuring in the first-half of the season, the Tigers tried to convert his loan to a permanent transfer in January. That didn’t quite come to fruition at the time — trying to do it last-minute was a bad idea (right, Hakim?) with Chelsea busy elsewhere (namely having all hands on deck for Enzo).
But now, all the paperwork has been sorted out, and the 20-year-old has signed a long-term contract with Hull, who are paying an “undisclosed” (but probably quite small) fee to make the change in status happen.
“I’m absolutely delighted to tie Xavier down on a long-term deal. We’ve worked really hard to get Xavi to commit his future to the club and he’s a big part of my plans.
“He’s got undoubted potential and quality, an outstanding attitude and trains at 100% all the time. He’s got Premier League physicality and athleticism. If we can help him improve his technical aspects and tactical understanding of the game, we’ve got a fantastic asset for the club.”
-Liam Rosenior, Hull City manager; source: Hull City AFC
Simons has featured a lot more regularly in the new year, and has started four on the bounce deputizing for one-time former Chelsea transfer target Jean Michaël Seri in midfield. Simons’ one and only Chelsea appearance came last season in the League Cup, when he started as the right wing-back against Brentford in the quarterfinals. He had been with the club since 2016.
Best of luck, Xavier! Perhaps our paths will cross again in the future.