It’s fair to say things haven’t quite worked out for Jordan Hugill since his move from Preston to West Ham in January 2018.
Having made just three substitute appearances for the Premier League side during his first half-season for the club, Hugill was sent on loan for the entirety of the 2018/19 campaign to Championship side Middlesbrough.
Now, Hugill is back in the second tier on a season-long loan again, after this time joining QPR during the summer transfer window.
Despite that latest impact to Hugill’s Premier League hopes across the capital at the London Stadium, it doesn’t seem as though the striker’s confidence has been knocked, with the 27-year-old recently telling the Teeside Gazette that he believes he can make an impact at West Ham, while claiming that he has the ability to be one of the best strikers in the Championship if he rediscovers his top form.
So is Hugill right that he has the potential to be among the top strikers in the division?
Here, we put the spotlight on his performances for QPR so far this season to find out.
As can be seen from these stats, it seems as though Hugill still has some way to go this season if he is to be considered amongst the best in the division.
Although the fact that he has already got off the mark with his first goal for QPR will be both a big relief for him and a source of encouragement for the club, the stats are arguably less positive if you dig a little deeper into his record when shooting.
With just 25% of Hugill’s four shots finding the target, it appears that the striker has yet to test an opposition goalkeeper since that goal eight minutes into his debut at Stoke.
It is also worth noting that, having taken just four shots in two games, Hugill doesn’t seem to be quite as confident in his ability to test opposition goalkeepers when on the pitch, as he does when he is off it.
In addition to that, while an offensive duel success rate of around 60% does demonstrate the ability Hugill has to cause problems for defenders, it is hard to see that being the sort of record that will have defenders wanting to avoid him more than any other attacker at this level.
Furthermore, although a pass success rate of 68% is a pretty solid one, you don’t feel like it is the sort of return that is going to be topping any charts.
Interestingly however, it does seem to lead to one of the more positive aspects of Hugill’s game this season.
Having already registered three shot assists during the early part of the season, it does seem as though Hugill is the sort of striker who can create chances for his teammates as well as taking them for himself, and being able to call upon as many creative outlets as possible is never a bad thing for any team.
While there is no doubting that Hugill has the ability to pose a threat for plenty of sides this therefore, you feel as though his performances throughout the early part of the campaign do seem to suggest that there are areas to improve if he is to be considered amongst the best in the division.