With just five goals in 18 games this season, did Leeds dodge a bullet by not signing Hugill?

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

Leeds United passed up the opportunity to sign Preston's Jordan Hugill in the summer and the 25-year-old has netted just five goals since.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

Leeds United were reportedly looking at a move for Preston striker Jordan Hugill in the summer (Yorkshire Post) as a replacement for New Zealand international Chris Wood, but with the 25-year-old target man having scored just five goals in 18 appearances this term, did Leeds dodge a bullet by not following up their interest?

Preston fought off plenty of interest in the summer to keep hold of their talisman, turning down the striker's transfer request to keep him at the club.

Newcastle player Isaac Hayden (l) is challenged by Jordan Hugill of Preston during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Preston North End at St James' Park on April...

However, Hugill hasn't produced the sort of returns expected this season, hitting the back of the net just five times and registering one assist in his 18 appearances so far this campaign.

Teammates Tom Barkhuizen (four goals, five assists) and Sean Maguire (three goals, four assists) have both contributed more goals than the Englishman.

Jordan Hugill of Preston North End celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Preston North End at Amex Stadium on October...

With Preston turning down £8 million bids from Wolves and Reading in the summer (Sky Sports), it's fair to say Leeds dodged a bullet on Hugill, although Jay-Roy Grot, signed in his place, doesn't seem to be the answer.

With summer signings Caleb Ekuban, Jay-Roy Grot and Pawel Cibicki all yet to open their league accounts for The Whites, it's clear to see Leeds need to bolster their attack in January, although choosing not to go in for Hugill was certainly the right call.

 

 

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