Jordan Hugill has described his loan spell with Middlesbrough as ‘bittersweet’.
The striker, who is currently on loan with Queens Park Rangers, joined up with his hometown club on a season-long loan deal from parent club West Ham last summer.
Unfortunately his time at the Riverside Stadium was far from fruitful, scoring just seven goals in 41 appearances for the Teessiders.
Playing for Middlesbrough was a childhood ambition for the striker, but Hugill admitted that his time with Boro was going to be short-lived.
Speaking to Teesside Live, he said: “For me, football wise it was kind of disappointing. But to be able to play for Middlesbrough, it was something I’ve dreamt of since I was a kid.
“On reflection, it was kind of bittersweet to be honest.
“The way things were panning out at the end of the season, nothing was set in stone but I knew what was going on.
Should Middlesbrough have moved to bring Jordan Hugill back to the club this season?
“I’m not daft. When someone stops playing you and they’re not giving you a reason why…it obviously makes you think. But I took it on the chin, I kept my head down and kept going what I could do. Things don’t always go the way you want.
“I got on really well with Tony (Pulis). I still would now if I ever saw him, I wish him nothing but the best. Things didn’t work out as he’d have hoped at Middlesbrough, which was the same for me.”
Hugill added: “For me personally, I was disappointed with how things ended. But now I’m at a club where I’m enjoying my football and scoring goals.”
“That’s not to say I regret it. I don’t regret what happened with Boro at all. I appreciate and will always appreciate the opportunity to play for Middlesbrough. It’s my club.”
There’s no doubt that Jordan Hugill’s loan spell at Middlesbrough was solid, if unspectacular.
In a season where supporters weren’t overly-enamoured with Tony Pulis’s direct style of play, Hugill was a striker who epitomised everything that fans didn’t want from their team.
In hindsight, supporters would no doubt love to see a striker like Hugill back at the Riverside Stadium, and the fact that he’s scored seven goals in 14 appearances for QPR shows that he’s certainly got what it takes to me a hit in the Championship.