Queens Park Rangers secured an impressive 2-1 comeback win at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday with Jordan Hugill once again making the difference for Mark Warburton’s side.
The powerful striker, who joined on loan from West Ham earlier in the summer, has made an immediate impact for the R’s, with his two goals at Hillsborough taking him to five for the season.
Whilst his ruthless edge in front of goal is obviously much-needed, our graphic shows that the 27-year-old brings so much more to the team with the way he leads the line.
His five aerial duels won highlights how the former Preston man can lead the line well and even though Warburton encourages a stylish brand of football, Hugill can offer them a great alternative as if they go long he will compete with the defenders.
And, he also won four fouls, which is another great aspect of his game. That helped the R’s move up the pitch at crucial times and importantly relieved the pressure as they made it two wins from three on the road in the Championship this season.
Hugill’s impressive work-rate is also emphasised by the two interceptions he made, proving that he will help out defensively and is happy to take the role as the player to lead the pressing style the manager demands.
Yet, the most important thing for any striker is scoring goals and that is ultimately what he will be judged on and the number he weighs in with will determine just how far QPR can go this season – and Hugill is delivering.
As mentioned, he now has five goals for the season, with four of those efforts coming in the last three games, showing that he is a man in form right now.
With Nahki Wells forming a good partnership with Hugill in the opening weeks of the season and Eberechi Eze a fantastic creative outlet in the final third, chances should continue to come for the loanee and he will look to maintain this fine run of form.
If he can manage that, then he could be the man to spearhead what would be a surprise push for the play-offs for QPR.