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.
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.
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.
No forward on earth couldve impressed given the chance hes had— Max ⚒ (@eastlondonviews) April 16, 2018
Poor lad, wish him all the best if he does leave.— Drifft (@drifft01) April 16, 2018
What was the actual point in buying him?— Irons (@HammerCj) April 16, 2018
Have to feel sorry for the lad. What a waste— osc (@OscarSpanna) April 16, 2018
How ridiculous, he's barely played!! To make an impact he needs time on the pitch, not just 10 minutes here & there & left sitting on the bench the rest of the time!!!!— Nicola Mills (@PrettyBubbles65) April 16, 2018
@JordanHugill not even gave him a chance and yet another error made but the club... feel sorry for the bloke cause he was over the moon to sign for us— Alfie Siddle (@A_L_Siddle) April 16, 2018
Feel sorry for him, was on a hiding to nothing, inept board doing things on the cheap again hugil pays the price, hope he goes on to do well in his career elsewhere.— Andrew (@ANDAMA73x) April 16, 2018
Bang out of order if you ask me,feel sorry for the lad,another promising youngster who's career has gone backwards since arriving at the club,look were experience has got us ? in a relegation dog fight— stephen vincent (@geezer553) April 16, 2018
transfer policy must change,if we're going bring young players through ⚒