Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Could Hugill Tick the Boxes?

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Could Hugill Tick the Boxes?

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Byline: DOMINIC SHAW dominic.shaw@trinitymirror.com @DOMSHAWGAZETTE

JORDAN Hugill has come an awful long way since the days when he was leading the line for Marske United.

He's come an awful long way since the days when he was scoring for League One Preston in a League Cup tie against hometown club Boro.

Playing and scoring at the Riverside was a dream come true. So too was a move to the Premier League in January, not only a reward for patience and resolve but a lesson for young hopefuls that the orthodox Academy pathway isn't the only route to the top.

Hugill isn't one for admitting defeat. So you can't imagine the 25-year-old will take too much notice of the I've not with Jordan, came on on and looked reports doing the rounds this week that West Ham are reportedly ready to let the Boro-born striker leave the club on loan this summer.

Michail Actually, scratch that. He probably will take note of them but use them as motivation. Hugill will be no doubt desperate to prove his worth to boss David Moyes in the remaining weeks of the season.

Strikers are rarely an overnight success in the Premier League. The problem for Hugill, though, has been a lack of game-time, playing just 22 minutes of competitive action since his deadline day move from Preston.

And that's while Andy Carroll has been out injured - again. With the Geordie striker now on the comeback trail once more, the first team challenge for Hugill has just become even more testing.

Football.London claims Hugill was signed with the Championship in mind, relegation appearing a distinct possibility for the Hammers at times this season. With survival now within touching distance for the Hammers, the same publication says the club will listen to loan offers for the striker in the summer, providing they do stay up.

To write off Hugill so quickly seems harsh. After all, West Ham weren't the only team said to be interested in January with Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace also understood to have been keen.

And Michail Antonio was certainly impressed when he first saw Hugill in action.

"I've not trained much with Jordan, but he came on on Saturday and looked like an ox," said Antonio back in February.

He added: "It's one of those things where people talk about the Championship as if it is a foreign world, but there are very technical players down there who have quality.

trained much but he Saturday like an ox.

Antonio "It's a very physical game so being able to deal with the physicality down there, you can definitely deal with the physicality of the Prem.

"It's just about whether you are technically good and can keep up with the speed of the game. You can learn that in no time. As soon as you are down on the training ground, doing your training and learning, you are going to pick up speed and be a Premier League player in no time. …

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