Queens Park Rangers succumbed to a second successive Championship defeat at the weekend, losing 2-0 to joint-leaders Leeds United.
Last week wasn’t a great one for Mark Warburton and QPR. A Monday night defeat to his former team and now West London rivals Brentford saw them miss the chance to go 2nd in the table, and goals from Tyler Roberts and Jack Harrison at Elland Road on Saturday sunk QPR to 9th – two points off Bristol in 6th.
There was added hope for the trip to Leeds with the return of striker Jordan Hugill. The forward on-loan from West Ham has been in fine scoring form this season with six so far in the league, proving a prolific partner to fellow-loanee Nahki Wells up-front for QPR.
He gave it his all at Elland Road on Saturday, as he does every game in blue and white. But he like his teammates, failed to cause Leeds any real trouble throughout the game, and his stats make for pretty grim reading:
Hugill plays the target man up-top for QPR, with Wells acting as the pace to pick up the pieces. He won three aerial duels in the game, and registered two shots throughout the game – Kiko Casilla had just one save to make all afternoon.
Along with some poor form in-front of goal at the weekend, Hugill also misplaced more than a third of his passes, with a pass success rate of 62.5% against Leeds – fouls were a problem too, he gave away four of them on Saturday and picked up his sixth yellow card of the season in injury time.
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It wasn’t Hugill’s best performance in a QPR shirt on Saturday, nor was it any of his teammates’ either. He’s so far proved an astute signing by Warburton, who’s landed himself with arguably the most prolific striker pairing in the Championship.
The visit of Middlesbrough on Saturday presents QPR with a great chance to return to winning ways, and Hugill will be hoping that he can help his team to an all-important three-points at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium that day.