The Football.London journalist revealed that the Hammers didn’t want to allow the 27-year-old to leave on loan this summer, but sanctioned the move after giving him no chance of first-team football at the London Stadium.
Season-long loan for Jordan Hugill at QPR. Not the deal West Ham wanted but with no chance of first team action, good for the striker. Understand the Hammers are contributing 40% of his wages, Rangers the rest. #WHUFC
— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) July 28, 2019
Hugill has only made three Premier League appearances for West Ham since arriving at the London Stadium, and struggled on loan at Middlesbrough last season, only scoring six goals in 37 outings.
This comes as no surprise to everyone involved at West Ham, but they will no doubt disappointed with the fact that Hugill will return to the club next season. Hugill’s career in East London has been nothing short of disastrous – with only 22 minutes of top-flight experience under Manuel Pellegrini, despite the BBC claiming West Ham had paid £10million for the forward. Hugill has all but confirmed his future as a Championship level forward, and even in the second division, he struggled to make any sort of impact. Hugill only completed 0.1 dribbles on average and failed to live up to his target man role under Tony Pulis, making 0.4 key passes on average per game, proving he didn’t add assists to his lone striker role [Source: WhoScored]. The Hammers’ desperation to sell the forward has been highlighted by the fact that they will almost pay half of his wages. West Ham will be delighted they don’t have to put up with Hugill throughout the campaign, and will be looking to finally get rid of the striker next season, with the Premier League just one step too far.