Why Leeds must sign Jordan Hugill on loan from West Ham
Leeds United must bounce back from a disastrous campaign that saw them finish 13th. The Whites scored 60 points from their 46 games last season, which eventually led to Paul Heckingbottom’s departure after just 16 games in charge. The club are far from their best days when they were a top side competing for titles in the Premier League.
New manager Marcelo Bielsa has arrived and he should prioritize a top-six finish over everything else. But in order to do so, the manager must bolster his front line.
The club have been linked with West Ham youngster Jordan Hugill. Leeds manager Bielsa is reportedly interested in signing the striker on loan as they aim to make a push for a playoff spot next season.
The 26-year-old striker joined the Hammers from Preston North End for a reported fee of £10million last season. A relatively late bloomer, Hugill enjoyed impressive spells with non-league sides Seaham Red Star, Consett, Whitby Town and Marske United.
However, he made just 3 appearances off the bench for West Ham as the striker was often out of the squad. But the 26-year-old made a total of 26 appearances in the Championship last season, scoring 8 goals and providing 1 assist in the process. He is a tall and strong centre-forward who is capable of giving any defender a run for his money.
The 26-year-old is also powerful in the air and poses a huge aerial threat from set-pieces. Under Bielsa, the striker could kickstart his career once again and unleash his full potential. In an era where youngsters have often resorted to the bench, Hugill should certainly take this opportunity and make the wise decision to move temporarily from West Ham United.
As far as scoring goals is concerned, Leeds struggled to a great extent as they could only score 59 goals last season. They could certainly use another striker in their ranks.
The 26-year-old can provide ample support to the likes of Samu Saiz and Pablo Hernandez. Bielsa has reportedly been training his team four times a day and the club could make significant progress with Hugill in the mix.