Why Leeds United should avoid signing West Ham’s Jordan Hugill
Leeds United must bounce back from a disastrous campaign that saw them finish 13th in the Championship. The Whites scored 60 points from their 46 games last season, which led to Paul Heckingbottom’s sacking after just 16 games in charge. The club are far from their best days but they must work hard to get back to the Premier League.
New manager Marcelo Bielsa has arrived and he should prioritize a top-six finish. But in order to do so, the manager must bolster the squad. The Elland Road club are on the brink of signing Birmingham City goalkeeper David Stockdale on a season-long loan. The manager certainly won’t stop there as he should strengthen his front line as well.
Leeds have been linked with West Ham striker Jordan Hugill in the past, who joined the club from Preston North End in the January window. The 26-year-old striker scored 30 goals in 114 appearances for Championship side Preston before making the move to the London Stadium.
The youngster was signed by former Hammers manager David Moyes, who was eventually sacked at the end of the season.
Since his move to West Ham, the striker was only able to must a total of 22 minutes for the club in 3 substitute appearances. The likes of Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic ensured that the 26-year-old warmed the bench.
New manager Manuel Pellegrini has come in and things will surely take a turn. The Chilean is an experienced coach, having managed the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City. The manager is expected to utilize the former Preston striker as a squad player, who will be rotated with Arnautovic and Hernandez. In fact, the Chilean might resort to playing him merely in domestic cup games.
Hugill has not played adequate first-team football over the last five months, meaning there is no telling how he will perform next season. Although Leeds might get to sign him for a relatively low fee, perhaps the Yorkshire-based outfit should look elsewhere.
Leeds must be smart and recognize the gravity of the upcoming season. They must sign a tried-and-tested striker who has been playing regularly. Signing Hugill would be a huge risk since the Whites are in dire need of a quality forward.
Therefore, Marcelo Bielsa should invest that money elsewhere and stay away from Hugill for the time being.