Andrew Robertson is glad a deadline-day exit from Hull did not come to pass such is the left-back’s belief in Tigers boss Marco Silva.
The Scotland international was reportedly subject of a £10million bid from Sean Dyche’s Burnley, only for the City boss to block any move west.
Robertson helped Hull keep a clean sheet the following day as Manchester United were held to a draw at Old Trafford – a match the full-back was proud to be part of and believes can be a building block as the Tigers look to avoid relegation.
“It is important for everyone, probably more so the manager than anyone else,” Robertson said.
“I think for me as well it is important that the talk and all that just goes away. That’s the way you want it, you just want to focus on playing and obviously probably the last 48 hours there has been a lot of talk.
“But I am glad I am here and I am glad I am working under this manager. I am glad he came out and showed his belief in me, which is always nice to hear.
“Long may it continue and I’ll try and keep improving under him”.
The whole Tigers team appears to be improving under Silva’s tutelage, evident as they deservedly secured a hard-fought draw at Old Trafford.
Robertson has been thoroughly impressed by the Portuguese, who is living up the expectations set by former Dundee United team-mate Ryan Gauld, having played under him at Sporting Lisbon.
“He said about how organised he is and how he goes through everything and that’s right,” Robertson said. “We go through absolutely everything and that’s what we need.
“Obviously things weren’t going right this season and he’s came in and put his mark on it straightaway.
“He told us we’d have no days off and he’s not been wrong about that so far!
“But the boys are happy going in every day. We’re working under him and we’re learning under him.
“I am sure he is learning from us because this is his first job in the Premier League, I am sure he is learning day by day.
“Hopefully by the end of it, we’ll look back on it and say it’s a successful thing.”
Robertson says they are looking at more clips than ever before under Silva, not only in terms of mistakes but the positive aspects too.
It is a learning curve that the left-back believes has been aided by some wily January acquisitions, varying from Premier League cast-offs like Lazar Markovic and Oumar Niasse to a string of European-based players.
“We’re a team fighting for our lives and we need people that are going to come in here that are going to be hungry and maybe have got a point to prove,” Robertson added.
“You’ve got that with the two loan signings from the Premier League – they’ve got a point to prove because their clubs are letting them go out to get games and they’re obviously not doing it at their clubs.
“Come here and try to prove yourself, and I thought Niasse put himself about, was a handful, and Markovic could have stolen the headlines at the end and I thought his work rate was fantastic.
“And all the boys that are coming from abroad, this is the biggest league in the world, they want to prove themselves and that’s good for us.
“We don’t want people coming in here just thinking it’ll be an easy ride. The boys that we’ve seen so far don’t think that.”