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Hugill is not the answer for Leeds

Hugill is not the answer for Leeds

According to The Sun, Leeds United are keen on signing West Ham’s Jordan Hugill this summer.

Jordan Hugill only joined the Hammers in January, but despite having cost the London club a fee of around £10 million, the striker hasn’t come close to establishing himself in the first team.

Now, it looks as though the 26-year-old could be set to move on again already. Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds are apparently keen on bringing him to Elland Road.

Hugill boasts a decent goalscoring record from his time in the Championship, having notched 12 goals for Preston North End in his last full season in the second tier. He has proved so far unable to make any impact at Premier League level though, and needs to get back to playing regular football soon for the sake of his career progression.

That being said, Leeds would do well to look beyond Hugill as they require a striker of greater calibre to make them the genuine promotion contenders they hope to be.

The Breakdown

Whilst Hugill’s Championship record is good, and his arrival would certainly mean an upgrade on Leeds’ current striker Caleb Ekuban, the Yorkshire outfit can still do better in this market.

Considering that Transfermarkt value Hugill at £7.2 million, and West Ham won’t want to lose out on too much of the hefty figure they dealt out for him in the first place, it’ll take some significant spending on Leeds’ part to land the Englishman.

The likes of Peterborough’s Jack Marriott or free agent Abel Hernandez are all realistic targets, who Leeds would have to battle for, but would be more exciting arrivals at Elland Road.

Hugill would be fine, but probably not much more than that. If Leeds are serious about building a team which can compete for the prize of Premier League football, then they need to be aiming higher than Hugill.

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