Leeds United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are sincerely hoping that their club make telling signings during the summer transfer window, what with their side having stuttered to a 13th place finish in the Championship this season.
The Yorkshire giants were very much in promotion contention back in November after a fine start under Thomas Christiansen, only for things to take a turn for the worse in the succeeding few months, resulting in the Dane’s sacking. Paul Heckingbottom then took over but was unable to inspire a play-off push, with the Whites eventually finishing 15 points adrift of the top six in 13th place in the table.
As such, there are many expectant Leeds fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent reports suggesting that striker Jordan Hugill could be let go by Premier League side West Ham this summer.
And the addition of the £7.2 million-rated top-flight flop (as per Transfermarkt) would go some way to transforming Leeds into promotion contenders next season.
Ultimately, things haven’t worked out for the 25-year-old at the London Stadium since his move there back in January, with the striker failing to start a single Premier League game for the Hammers, and only coming on as a substitute in three of them.
And with no appearance in any of their last seven league games, including an absence from the matchday squad for their final day clash against Everton, it’s clear that Hugill is some way down the pecking order at West Ham, and may need to dip back into the familiarities of the Championship to re-discover his best form.
And Leeds should seek to give him that opportunity.
While they were by no means the worst attacking unit in the Championship last season, it’s pretty evident that the Whites could do with a more out-and-out goal-scorer, what with just two players in Kemar Roofe and Pierre Michel Lasogga reaching double figures.
And with the latter only on loan this season and unlikely to return again next term, that is a lot of goals that Heckingbottom’s men will be losing ahead of the new campaign, and goals that aren’t likely to be replenished by the likes of Jay-Roy Grot, Pawel Cibicki, and Caleb Ekuban, who managed only three between them all season.
Thus, a striker like Hugill, who scored frequently for Preston North End to earn a move to West Ham during January, is exactly what they need to take that extra step next season towards the promotion places.
They didn’t fail to score in too many games last season, but they suffered 1-0 defeats on the road more frequently than any other result, and lost by the odd goal at home on five occasions – turning those defeats into draws and especially victories will hold the key next term to a promotion push.
And having someone like Hugill, who bagged ten times for Preston in the first half of this season, and indeed 13 times last time round, leading the line with that goal-scoring knack can only serve to turn some of those reverses into positive results.
Thus, with his West Ham career seemingly over before it has really begun, Leeds must seek to add the 25-year-old this summer, as doing so would transform the club into promotion contenders next time round.
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