West Ham can save themselves from spending big by bringing back this forgotten on-loan attacker


Why West Ham should bring back Jordan Hugill

While speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Football.London), West Ham’s forgotten man Jordan Hugill insisted that he wants to prove David Moyes right.

The 27-year-old striker was Moyes’ second signing during his first spell in charge of the Hammers, but he has only made three appearances for the club. Moyes, who was appointed as West Ham’s manager back in November 2017, roped in the striker from Championship outfit Preston North End in January 2018.

Jordan Hugill while playing for his parent club West Ham.
Jordan Hugill while playing for his parent club West Ham. (Getty Images)

However, he was given very few chances to excel in the Premier League, playing just 22 minutes in his first season at the London Stadium. Since then, the forward has been spending time on loan with Championship clubs. This season, he has been with Queens Park Rangers.

After joining the Hammers, Hugill was soon offloaded to second-tier club Middlesbrough, where he scored 7 goals from 41 league appearances. The striker played a key role for Middlesbrough that season as they missed the promotion playoffs by just one point.

His spell at Boro was followed by a season-long loan at QPR, whom he joined at the beginning of the season. However, the unwanted West Ham man seems to have ended his bad patch, scoring 11 goals from 35 league outings for the Championship side this term.

Jordan Hugill celebrates after scoring a goal for Middlesbrough last season.
Jordan Hugill celebrates after scoring a goal for former side Preston North End. (Getty Images)

Hugill can offer West Ham more options in front of goal

The lack of a consistent goal-scorer has hurt West Ham badly this season, with the side fighting for its survival in the top-flight. Having managed just 35 goals from 29 league outings, West Ham are now just two spots ahead of the relegation zone. They could really do with a consistent goalscorer in their ranks.

Despite roping in French striker Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer for a huge sum, West Ham’s performances have only deteriorated this summer. He has managed just seven goals in spite of appearing in all their league outings this term, prompting Moyes to look for new options ahead of next season.

West Ham boss David Moyes looks on. (Getty Images)
West Ham boss David Moyes looks on. (Getty Images)

The Hammers also have back-up striker Albian Ajeti in the side, however, he is yet to open his account. Considering the club’s dearth of goal-scoring forwards at present, it would do the club a world of good if they bring back in-form man Hugill.

The forgotten striker can at least offer Moyes another option in front of goal. This can save the club from spending money on a new face.

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West Ham clearly need a consistent goalscorer in their side and given Hugill’s recent displays in the Championship, it’s high time they brought him back. Having shown his class in the second-tier, West Ham should offer him more chances.