West Ham Opinion: Hammers should offload Hugill to Wigan Athletic
According to The Sun, West Ham flop Jordan Hugill has attracted interest from a host of Championship clubs, including Wigan Athletic, Leeds United and West Brom. The Hammers are understandably desperate to get the misfiring frontman off their books this summer (h/t The Sun).
Hugill was left out of Manuel Pellegrini’s squad for the pre-season trip to China. As a result, Javier Hernandez travelled as the only recognised striker in the entire squad, following the departures of Andy Carroll, Marko Arnautovic and Lucas Perez. (h/t Sun)
Hence, it is quite clear that West Ham do not have Hugill in their plans for the upcoming season and Wigan Athletic are believed to be pushing the hardest to complete a deal for the 27-year-old wantaway striker.
The same report suggests that a fee of £3million has been agreed with Wigan Athletic, although personal negotiations are yet to be finalised.
All in all, the Hammers seem determined to finally cut their losses on a player who they had brought in for a handsome £10million from Preston North End back in January 2018.
However, it is worth mentioning here that the Latics are only prepared to offer him half of the £40,000-a-week wages that he currently earns at West Ham in the Premier League. Hugill is understood to be reluctant to take a pay-cut to join Wigan but West Ham are doing their best to persuade him to leave. (h/t Sun)
Hugill made only three substitute appearances against the likes of Watford, Southampton and Brighton in the second half of the 2017-18 campaign under David Moyes, racking up a grand total of 22 minutes in the Premier League and failing to find the net even once.
Having struggled to nail down a first-team role under Moyes, he was never going to have a chance under Pellegrini and Hugill was shipped out on loan to Middlesbrough in the Championship prior to the start of the previous campaign.
His return to the Championship didn’t produce the desired results, though, as the 27-year-old netted only 6 goals in 37 league appearances at the Riverside Stadium under Tony Pulis last season.
As a matter of fact, Hugill’s failure to deliver the goods was one of the main reasons why Boro finished with a disappointing record of 49 goals in 46 games in the second-tier and missed out on a playoff spot.
Well, things weren’t always as bad as they look now as far as Hugill is concerned, given that he was racking up the goals during his stint at Preston North End when West Ham splashed the cash on him.
Hugill certainly has the potential to challenge for a role up front in a Premier League team but it became more and more apparent as time went on that the 27-year-old lacked the technical abilities and the natural finesse of a centre-forward to cut the mustard in the top-flight.
To put things into perspective, the best West Ham can do now is get Hugill off their books as soon as possible because he is just adding to their wage bill without playing any substantial role.
The Hammers have opted for a complete revamp of their forward line this summer, with the likes of Arnautovic, Carroll and Perez all departing the club to make way for £45 million club-record signing Sebastien Haller as the new spearhead of the attack.
West Ham have made it clear that they are not going to stick around with underperforming stars any longer and Hugill certainly deserves the chop after failing to make any sort of an impact in the top-flight.
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It is high time for the Hammers to move away from the mediocrity of sub-standard players and aim for better things in the Premier League and, with that in mind, they should flog Hugill to Wigan, or to any of the Championship sides for that matter, at all costs.