It was a summer of change at Queens Park Rangers, with Mark Warburton arriving as the new boss and a high turnover of players.
Therefore, there was a real sense of intrigue on how they would do under the former Brentford chief. Would he be able to implement his passing style of play? Would they cope without Luke Freeman? Do they have the resources to compete?
And, whilst it’s early days, the early signs are extremely positive for the Londoners, who sit outside the play-offs on goal difference and have won three games on the bounce.
Even though it’s been a real team effort behind the R’s good form, there’s no doubt that summer signing Jordan Hugill has played a huge role in their recent success.
As our graphic shows, the on-loan West Ham man has been making a vital contribution in front of goal. His return of five goals in seven games makes him the join-top scorer in the league and the R’s are going to need him to maintain his clinical edge if they are to push for a top six finish.
Pleasingly, his expected goals of 4.72 shows that he isn’t a striker that is on a hot streak right now, instead he is scoring from the big chances that are coming his way.
Of course, that proves his teammates deserve a lot of credit as they are supplying Hugill with opportunities, but there’s no reason to think that will change as the campaign progresses, as Warburton encourages attacking football and there is a lot of talent in the squad.
As well as weighing in with goals, the former Preston target man has led the line extremely well for the R’s and his partnership with Nahki Wells is blossoming into a very productive one.
Given his physicality, Hugill also has a responsibility to bring others into the game and his 80.7% pass success rate shows that he is very composed on the ball and that quality will delight his teammates who know they can play off the big man and make forward runs regularly. That is further backed up by the four shots that the striker has assisted.
Finally, the 15 fouls Hugill has won this season also demonstrates that he can help the side relieve pressure with his ability to play with his back to goal.
All in all, the 27-year-old has enjoyed a near perfect start to live with QPR and he is going to be an influential figure as Warburton’s stylish side look to continue to surprise a few in the Championship.