Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton has been impressed with the effect loaned-out West Ham United forward Jordan Hugill has had on his side.
Hugill scored twice on Saturday in the Championship as QPR came from behind away from home to pick up all three points in a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.
The 27-year-old earned his second consecutive loan-spell in the Championship after failing to impress when moving to Middlesbrough last season, only scoring six times.
Warburton though praised the target-man when speaking to the Ealing Times and believed that with the correct service as he is getting now, he will continue his great start to the season.
“Jordan will score goals – he will score goals for us because he gets in those good positions,” he said.
“Physically he has a presence for us up top, he takes the ball and shields it well, so I am delighted for him.”
Hugill’s loan move to the Championship was surely his last chance to ever impress West Ham, and even now it is most likely too little too late. The 27-year-old only managed six goals in the second-tier last season, and is already one goal behind that total after only five games, proving he has improved in front of goal. As things currently stand at the Hammers though, there is not a big chance that he will be welcomed back with open arms. With both Sebastien Haller and Albian Ajeti joining the club, Hugill would be the third choice under Manuel Pellegrini. Hugill has averaged 3.3 shots on goal per game this season so far and won 4.2 of his aerial battles according to WhoScored, but the problem arises when you see the forward has only completed 0.3 dribbles per game. When leading the line in the Premier League, you need to be able to take the pressure off your side in the final third, and if that means running the line and winning a throw-in, you must put in the hard miles. With only 22 minutes of Premier League action to his name, it is hard to see a future for the 27-year-old at the Hammers.