Sky Sports pundit Jon Wilkin has attracted some controversy in 2022 with some of his comments.
Live on Sky Sports, the former St Helens forward provoked the ire of the Salford Red Devils fans not long ago, claiming they didn’t ‘have the minerals’ to have what it takes to make the play-offs.
Paul Rowley’s men have since thrown those claims out of the window with some impressive performances, though Wilkin’s latest comments may be more supported when it comes to Hull FC.
The Black and Whites have been in dire form in the back half of the season and went down 26-18 to Wakefield Trinity on Friday night to cap off a dismal few months that now leaves their play-off hopes hanging by the thinnest of threads.
And, Wilkin didn’t mince his words when it came to Brett Hodgson’s side.
“This is not a one off for Hull FC. They’ve got a track record of putting in poor performances at the back end of the year,” Wilkin said on Sky Sports.
“In terms of coming into the back end of the year they aren’t there. It’s not just a one off, it’s not just this year.
“This has been a perpetual problem for the last four or five years for whatever reason just capitulate.
“They’ve capitulated consistently for a number of seasons. It will be interesting to see why it happens, but the worrying thing is they don’t know why.
“They aren’t improving things, I just don’t believe they’ve worked out why it is happening.
“There is a mental weakness and a fragility of mindset. Once things start going bad it’s like ‘let’s give it away.’ St Helens destroyed them with ease and there wasn’t a lot of fight.”
Wilkin also believes that recruitment has been a major issue over the years.
“Since those Challenge Cup performances when Lee Radford was here they’ve never really got going and recruitment has been a problem.
“They are the second worst team in the league. PoinTs difference, Hull have the second worst. I think it’s been disappointing from Hull in the smallest of areas or the sheer willingness to get over the line.