Tall and powerful, striker Eaves joined City in July 2019 after building a strong reputation in the lower leagues for goals and assists. His early appearances showed flashes of good touches for a big man, but it wasn’t until the first day of October that Eaves opened his goal account with a spectacular flying header that won the game against Sheffield Wednesday. He then scored more regularly, pinnacling with a game winning hattrick in the FA Cup against Rotherham, before suffering a nasty ankle injury in late February at Preston. Eaves returned to first team action in June 2020.
In 2020/21 Eaves battled with Josh Magennis for the centre forward role, after a poor start to the season Tom found form as the winter months approached, only to be stopped in his tracks in January 2021 by a two month lay-off with a thigh injury. While the route back to the first eleven only became open when Magennis was absent on international duty, Eaves continued to battle away and won the crucial penalty at Lincoln in April 2021 that was converted by Mallik Wilks and secured promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt.
Eaves was born in Liverpool and cut his teeth at Oldham Athletic, for whom he made his league debut a few days after his 18th birthday in 2010. A few months later Eaves switched to Bolton after scoring a hattrick against them in a pre-season friendly. His six years at Bolton mostly featured loan spells to lower league sides, enabling him to learn his goalscoring trade. Released by the Trotters in July 2016, Eaves was snapped up by Yeovil Town and after one season in the South West as a first team regular, he switched to Gillingham. Tom hit his straps at the Priestfield Stadium scoring a goal every two games over a two year spell before refusing a new contract in June 2019.
Date/Place of Birth: 4 December 1991, Liverpool
Hull City First Game: 3 August 2019, Swansea City A (Championship), 27 years, 242 days old
Hull City Final Game: [current player]
Oldham Athletic (2008-2010), Bolton Wanderers (2010-2016), Bristol Rovers (2012-2013, loan), Shrewsbury Town (2013, loan), Rotherham United (2013, loan), Shrewsbury Town (2013-2014, loan), Yeovil Town (2014-2015, loan), Bury (2015, loan), Yeovil Town (2016-2017), Gillingham (2017-2019), Hull City (2019-current)
Hull City Record
Career: 79 apps, 13 goalsTom Eaves
|2019/20||22 (18)||5||2 (0)||3||1 (1)||0||-||-||-||-|
|2020/21||6 (20)||4||1 (0)||1||1 (0)||0||-||-||3 (0)||0|
|2021/22||0 (3)||0||-||-||1 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|