The move hasn’t played out like the fairytale it seemed it could be, has it? In early August of the summer transfer window, it was announced that Jordan Hugill, a Middlesborough fan and former season ticket holder at the Riverside, would be joining Boro on a season-long loan from West Ham United.
Hugill came with a reputation of performing in the Championship, having been impressed with Preston North End, especially in his final 18 months at Deepdale.
The 26-year-old seemingly was not cut out for life in the Premier League as he was 0nly trusted to feature three times for the Hammers in the second half of last season, but the loan to Boro this campaign seemed a wise move given his links to the club and the need for more striking competition up top.
The loan deal got a lot of Boro fans excited.
Now that’s what you want to see. A beaming smile. Welcome home Jordan. #UTB
— For The Love Of Boro (@4TheLoveOfBoro) August 8, 2018
Welcome home. He’s one of our own Jordan hugil he’s one of our own UTB
— pete robbo (@peterob01353594) August 8, 2018
An out and out No 9 good luck hope he gets a fair crack o’ the whip UTB
— Malc (@malyboy1) August 9, 2018
However, some fans from opposing clubs were not as impressed by the deal. Patrick Bamford’s move to Leeds United meant Boro needed a replacement, Hugill was the chosen one and so some other fans took to Twitter to let their feelings be known.
Bamford will score more….
— BobbyBielsa (@bobbygamora) August 8, 2018
I'd have bamford all day over hugill
— carlos lufc (@CarlUdakis) August 8, 2018
Why are boro fans so happy about getting hugil
— Teamslikepreston (@EndersNorth) August 8, 2018
Hugill has netted seven times across the season for Boro, but it is not the consistent form that Tony Pulis would have hoped for when he brought him in. Boro are still in need of an experienced, ever-reliable striker to help them on their way out of the Championship and, unfortunately for both parties, it does not seem like Hugill is that man.
A sour season after a move that must have tugged on heartstrings up on Teesside. A victim of Pulis-ball? Or just not very good? Probably a bit of both.
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