This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
It has recently been revealed by Claret and Hugh that West Ham don’t have a recall clause in place for Jordan Hugill, who has got off to an impressive start with QPR this season.
The Hoops forward has scored five goals in his opening six games for his new club, and will be hoping that he can add to that tally as the season progresses.
Football League World’s QPR fan pundit Joshua Willcocks admitted that he’s surprised the Loftus Road faithful with his start to life with the Hoops, and labelled it as a relief to know that Hugill will remain with the club this term.
“It’s definitely a relief knowing our top goalscorer will stay until the end of the season.
“I think he’s surprised everyone with how well he’s started the campaign after an underwhelming spell at Middlesbrough and his prolific form has been crucial to our early season successes under Warburton.
“With five goals in just six appearances, he’s finally showing why West Ham spent £10 million for him in 2018 and at QPR he’s managed to make the most out of our attacking, free-flowing playing style.
“Staying in West London until May is definitely the best move for Hugill’s career as building him up at this level would be far more beneficial for his development then warming the bench at a club with a new £30m striker.”
The QPR fan pundit has been impressed with what he has seen from the loanee, and outlined his strengths that he brings to Mark Warburton’s team.
“It’s early days of course but it’s fair to say that so far he’s been a resounding success and a gamble that has paid off.
“I think everyone was slightly apprehensive when we brought him in in July but ever since the opening game at Stoke, he’s looked a constant goal threat and a proper handful for defenders.
“He’s a target man with great strength and work rate with the ability to hold up the ball up in important areas of the pitch.
“With his attitude and goalscoring qualities, he’s been a great asset for this QPR side but as seen with his extraordinary miss against Wigan, he’s still guilty of missing easy chances. But if he can improve on that part of his game then he could be a contender for this season’s golden boot.”
The regular punter felt that the club have filled the sizeable void up-front that Charlie Austin left when he left for Southampton in 2016.
Hugill has shown quality in front of goal, and will be hoping that he can continue to impress in his loan spell at Loftus Road this season.
“His style of play follows in line with recent QPR target men such as Idrissa Sylla and Matt Smith but very simply what differentiates him from these other players is his reliability in front of goal.
“What we’ve lacked in recent seasons and arguably since the departure of Charlie Austin, is that consistent number nine who could guarantee goals week in and week out to help us challenge for a top-ten finish, but we might finally have found that player in Hugill.”
Willcocks isn’t expecting QPR to have a chance to make Hugill’s move permanent at the end of the season, insisting that he would be out of their price range.
“If he continues this patch of form throughout the season, I’m sure every fan would be dreaming of a permanent deal but strikers at his level don’t come cheap and I’m sure West Ham would be eager to keep him if he ends up being a success.
“A strong season in the Championship along with his recent £10 million valuation means he will almost definitely be out of our price range so we should enjoy him as it lasts.”