The 27-year-old has scored six goals in 11 games to start the season with Mark Warburton’s side [Source: Transfermarkt], and he believes he can still be a top flight player.
“It’s one of them things where I can only improve on what I did last year so if I can improve on that this early then who knows where I can go,” he said, as per the Kilburn Times.
“I believe personally that I’m a Premier League player. For me now my focus is to get QPR in the Premier League. I’m sure they’re [West Ham] keeping tabs and doing what they do but for me personally I’m just focused on what I’m doing here.”
Hugill obviously isn’t short of confidence and, to be honest, he’s never really had a chance to prove that he can cut it in the top flight with West Ham. Manuel Pellegrini made his mind up on him very quickly and shipped him out to Middlesbrough last season and QPR this. While he didn’t pull up any trees at The Riverside, he has started this campaign off much better with Warburton’s side. The challenge for him is to prove that he can operate as a back up to the Hammers’ number one frontman Sebastien Haller. When you compare what they’ve both done this term – albeit against much different quality of opposition – Hugill doesn’t come across half bad. As per WhoScored.com, the Englishman is averaging more shots and dribbles per game, while he’s being fouled more often and caught offside less than the Frenchman. Furthermore, Hugill has been less careless in possession, averaging fewer unsuccessful touches and being dispossessed less frequently. His average WhoScored rating per game of 6.81 is way down from Haller’s tally of 7.59, but the question we have to ask is whether Hugill is REALLY any worse of a back up than Albian Ajeti?