Loaned by Dynamo Kyiv until the end of the season, Dieumerci Mbokani hasn’t exactly set the Premier League alight at Hull City, making only nine appearances, picking up two assists.
Admittedly he hasn’t been given the opportunities he had at Norwich last season, but the Congolese forward hasn’t particularly impressed when he has been named on the team sheet by Marco Silva either.
Spending five years of his career in Belgium with Standard Liège and Anderlecht, the Hull forward always had a reputation for off the pitch problems, something which was often overlooked when he put the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis, as explained by Herman van Holsbeeck.
The Anderlecht director of football told DH: “In my 14 years here, the most difficult player to manage was Dieumerci Mbokani. He had an exceptional talent, but he was from another culture and didn’t talk much.
“Therefore, you had to always anticipate the signals he was giving you and decipher them to answer to his needs. Basically, to manage him, we were a whole team, but we worked well since he did help us win two titles.”
Back in April last year, his former teammate at Anderlecht, Milan Jovanovic, revealed how Mbokani used to feign injuries to miss games.
During his two seasons at Anderlecht, the Hull City striker scored 48 goals and assisted teammates 16 times in 79 games, earning him a £9.4m move to Ukraine with Dynamo Kiev.
He missed three games for Hull this season with a hamstring injury in October, before being called up by Congo DR in January for the Africa Cup of Nations.