West Ham United might need a new striker or two ahead of the new campaign, however, that does not mean Manuel Pellegrini should give Jordan Hugill a chance in the first-team.
So many at the London Stadium had questioned his arrival in January 2018 when David Moyes splashed out £10million (BBC) on him, and to be fair to the lad, he hardly ever got a chance to show why that amount of money was spent on him.
Making just three appearances in the Premier League for a grand total of 22 minutes (we can get a lot done in that time, what about you?), it made the decision to buy him all the more confusing/bizarre/strange (insert whatever adjective you want here).
Now that his loan spell with Middlesbrough has finished (Teesside Live), his return to the Hammers should not be one that opens up a route for him within the first-team.
Many will likely be of the idea that Hugill is a Championship-level player at best and his stats would not disprove those thoughts.
The 26-year-old was good but nothing special for Preston North End before his big-money move to the capital, whilst his time at Middlesbrough was not exactly one to shout about from the mountains. Six goals in his 37 Championship appearances is hardly an exceptional record.
However, we are prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt as it must be hard to play as a forward under Tony Pulis and his negative methods.
Andy Carroll may be leaving the club at the end of his contract (club’s official website) whilst Lucas Perez looks all set to leave (Football.London), but Hugill certainly is not the answer and West Ham should be looking all they can do try and offload him as well this summer.
West Ham fans, what do you think? Should Hugill be given a chance or do you think the club should look to sell him this summer? Let us know below!
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