Is West Ham's Jordan Hugill stuck in limbo after Middlesbrough sack Pulis?

A general view of London Stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium on August 18, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

£10million Premier League flop Jordan Hugill managed just six Championship goals during a loan spell at Boro from West Ham United.

Jordan Hugill (11) of Middlesbrough warms up during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough at the City Ground, Nottingham on Monday 22nd April 2019.

Jordan Hugill’s best hope of sealing a permanent move to his boyhood club Middlesbrough probably rested on Tony Pulis remaining at the Riverside.

While fans and critics alike have taken aim at the on-loan West Ham United striker during a difficult season in his home town, the manager retained his confidence in Hugill right until the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

 

In total, Hugill scored just six times in 37 Championship games – a far from impressive record which certainly contributed to Boro missing out on the end-of-season play-offs.

So with Pulis biting the bullet on Friday, sacked by owner Steve Gibson after a hugely underwhelming campaign, Hugill must be wondering what comes next.

Tony Pulis, manager of Middlesbrough during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough at the City Ground, Nottingham on Monday 22nd April 2019.

Whoever takes Pulis’s place in the dugout is surely unlikely to been on keeping a striker who has looked cumbersome and low on confidence over the last nine months or so.

And this is not great news for West Ham either. Hugill never looked like a £10 million player, or a Premier League-quality centre-forward for that matter, during his short and ill-fated spell at the London Stadium between January and May last year.

Now, the Hammers must find a new club willing to take Hugill off their hands with Middlesbrough more than likely out of the race.

6th April 2019, Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales; EFL Championship football, Swansea City versus Middlesbrough; Jordan Hugill of Middlesbrough charges down Kristoffer Nordfeldt of Swansea...

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