'Poor lad': West Ham fans sympathise with Jordan Hugill as reports emerge

David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United looks dejected during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Burnley at London Stadium on March 10, 2018 in London, England.

West Ham United gave Jordan Hugill his Premier League chance when they paid £8million to sign the striker from Preston North End.

Jordan Hugill of West Ham United in action during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Watford at London Stadium on February 10, 2018 in London, England.

Was there a more pointless deal in the January transfer window than West Ham United paying Preston North End £8 million for Jordan Hugill?

In the last three months, the Middlesbrough-born forward has played just 22 minutes of Premier League football spread out across three substitute appearances. Unsurprisingly, Hugill has failed to score in that time.

And, according to the Sun, the 25-year-old could now be set for the exit with the Hammers willing to loan him out or sell him this summer.

TOPSHOT - Southampton's Gabonese midfielder Mario Lemina vies with West Ham United's English striker Jordan Hugill (2nd R) during the English Premier League football match between West Ham...

Football London adds some rather intriguing weight to the claims too, stating that West Ham had signed Hugill as a contingency plan if they were relegated this season due to his fine record in the Championship over the last two years with Preston.

But with West Ham looking certain to survive, they appear to have no use for a striker who is simply not up to Premier League standard.

David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United look dejected during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at London Stadium on December 13, 2017 in London, England.

The whole situation is a bit of a mess and does nothing to disprove the claims from many a disillusioned supporter that Hugill was merely a knee-jerk panic buy designed to appease fans demanding new signings.

Hugill has found himself at the centre of a very unfortunate situation through no fault of his own and the fans feel for him, too.

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