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It’s safe to say that Jordan Hugill hasn’t hit the heights he would have hoped to with West Ham United, and he’ll be keen to have his long-term future resolved at the earliest of opportunities.
The forward was sent out on loan to QPR for the 2019/20 league campaign, and has started to recapture the type of form that saw West Ham sign him in 2018.
The 27-year-old has five league goals to his name so far this term, and will be hoping to build on a number of strong performances in front of goal.
There will have been fears from the Loftus Road faithful that Hugill could be recalled by West Ham after this impressive start to their new league campaign.
But it has recently been revealed by Claret and Hugh that the forward can’t be recalled by the Hammers at any point this season.
We discuss as to how much of a boost this latest update is for QPR this term.
“This is a huge boost for QPR this season.
“If set Ham did have a clause to bring him back to the club in January, then I think it would only be a matter of time before he was to have his loan spell cut short at Loftus Road.
“Hugill has started brightly with the Hoops this term, and will be keen to build on his positive start to life with Mark Warburton’s side in the Championship.
“He’s struggled to find consistency in recent years, and needs a season-long loan spell under his belt to find that confidence in front of goal again.
“If West Ham were able to recall him and just put him on the substitutes bench, then they’d be wasting a real talent.
“It’ll be a huge relief for QPR to know that there isn’t a recall option in his loan deal.”
“Yes, of course. It’s a huge boost if he does well.
“The ‘season-long’ loan is a risk on both sides. If a club can’t recall their player then the loaning side shouldn’t be allowed to send them back either.
“That way, there is risk on both sides. I don’t think that’s the case with Hugill though; he’s a decent forward who made the wrong choice last season.
“I think QPR will be just fine this season and so will he. If he does well, they know he’s staying put and that’s a huge boost.”
“Looks that way.
“It was a bit of a gamble to see if Hugill could rediscover some form back in the Championship, but he appears to have answered such questions emphatically so far.
“West Ham might well have wished they’d included such a clause with the Hammers short on strikers at the moment but their loss is going to probably prove QPR’s gain this season.”