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Elder Discusses Consistency, Competition and Jacob Greaves

5 February 2021

Callum Elder has been impressed the Tigers’ season so far, but has targeted further consistency throughout the rest of the 2020/21 campaign.

The 26-year-old has shone at left-back for Grant McCann’s side this season and is currently the least dribbled past player in the top four divisions of English football.

But the defender wants to ensure standards stay high as Hull City push for promotion until the end of the season.

“It’s been a good start for us as a Club,” said Elder. “There’s no shying away from the fact that our ambition come the end of the season is to achieve promotion and we’re on track to do that at the minute.

"We’ve kept 12 clean sheets in 25 games and we’re right at the top of the division in terms of goals scored so those are all positive signs. We’re only halfway done and we need to carry on with the consistency we’ve shown to achieve our goals at the end of the season.

"I’ve been pleased with how I’ve performed so far. It’s always hard off the back of a relegation, especially this season. We didn’t have much time to turn around as we had ten days off before we were back in for pre-season, but that’s been a blessing in disguise as we were able to clean that slate quickly and crack into the new season."

On a personal level, Elder is enjoying his role in the side.

“I’ve loved playing every week," he said. "I feel that my performances have shown a good level of consistency and I’m loving the chance to play in this team at the minute. We’re on the front foot in the majority of games but at the same time we’re keeping clean sheets, so I feel I’m having a positive impact at both ends of the pitch.

“When you look at clean sheets, most people look at the goalkeeper and the back four, but I think it’s more about the team as a collective. I think we’ve won a few games this season off the back of our defensive shape.

"Teams have found us hard to break down and then we’ve shown quality on the counter and the transition with the pace and the ability that we’ve got in our final third to hurt teams.

“It’s good that there is competition at left-back with Brandon (Fleming) and now Max (Clark), but even if there wasn’t competition, I think I’m really self driven and I still want to perform every week.

"I think the anger of what happened last season makes me want to strive to achieve success this season. The fanbase and the history of this Club deserve for us to be competing in the top divisions of this country and if everyone is performing, it means that the team and the Club will achieve success."

The left-back has seen an influential partnership form with his left-sided centre back Jacob Greaves during the first half of the season.

The duo have contributed to seven clean sheets in League One, and Elder was full of praise for the 20-year-old following his confident start to life at his hometown club.

“I was chatting to Lewie Coyle about ‘Greavesy’ earlier,” he said. “He’s one of those guys that you want to see do well. He came into the team and I was messaging him after his first few games - he just kept saying how well he wanted to do and that he didn’t want to let the lads down. Not only is he a great player but more importantly, he’s a great lad.

“He’s just gone from strength to strength and the biggest positive that I can say about playing next to ‘Greavesy’ is that even at the age of 20, I can really feel the confidence coming from him and I’m really enjoying playing alongside him.

"We’ve got such good strength in depth at the back. Reece (Burke) is having a good season. Lewie and Josh (Emmanuel) have both played really well too. Alfie Jones when he slots in at centre-half has done really well and you’ve got Sean McLoughlin and Brandon Fleming on my side too who are doing well. 

“That’s what it takes to be at this end of the table. You need to have everyone performing and your whole squad needs to come in and make an impact.”

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