Not everyone will excel, will they? A lot of the Middlesborough squad have pulled their weight and more at times this season, but not all of them are able to do so consistently.
One Boro player that has lacked said consistency in his performances this season has been Jordan Hugill. The loanee from West Ham United (who isn’t reported to have an obligation to buy in the deal) was brought in to ease the goalscoring onus off Britt Assombalonga and he has contributed to the goals in flurries, but he has not been able to do so regularly over the course of the season.
It took him until November to score his first Championship goal for Boro against Wigan Athletic, he made it a brace later that game too, before netting in the following game against Brentford. It seemed such form could be the catalyst to really kickstart Hugill’s season at the Riverside and rediscover the goalscoring threat he posed for Preston North End.
However, Hugill then went six games before his next bout of goals around the turn of the year, where he netted three goals in five games and helped with an assist within that time. But, ever since then, he is yet to contribute in eight League games and as a result, his performance levels have dropped as his goalscoring record clearly suggests he is a confidence player.
Hugill is the most suited to Tony Pulis’ system on paper as he will not deviate from using a lone striker. Whereas, other options, Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher, would both benefit from playing in a pair as Hugill can hold up the ball and bring teammates into play.
His downfall has partly been down the manager’s formation as by persisting with a lone striker lately, the system is unable to get the best out of any of the forwards and leaves Hugill particularly isolated if there is a lack of service.
Despite that, Hugill still must pull his own weight and granted, he has helped out with some goals in spells of form this season, but it is not enough for a player with 30 League appearances this season.
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