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Hugill: West Ham move was surreal

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Jordan Hugill has admitted that he still doesn’t believe he has made it at West Ham United, despite signing for the club nearly two years ago.

The target-man believes that he still has places to go in regards to his Premier League future and that his move to the London Stadium was one of the biggest learning curves of his career.

Hugill was overwhelmed by the Hammers’ dressing room at first, claiming that walking in to see players such as Mark Noble and Marko Arnautovic was surreal at the time.

“I still don’t think I’ve made it,” he told Teesside Live.

“I never want to believe I’ve made it or I’ve done my bit. I want to keep pushing myself until I go as far as I can go.

“Those six months at West Ham was the biggest learning curve I’ve had in my career.

“It was brilliant. It was surreal at first, walking around the changing room and seeing players I’ve watched my whole life: Mark Noble, Arnautovic, big-name players who’ve been in the Premier League forever.”

The former Preston man is in his second loan spell in the Championship with Queens Park Rangers after spending the majority of the last campaign under Tony Pulis at Middlesbrough.


Where Hugill doesn’t think he has made it is up for discussion, but you can take a good guess that he believes he can still make it in the Premier League with the Hammers. That would be ludicrous for him to think that, and he should concentrate on the Championship, making sure he is at the top of his game to secure a move away from the London Stadium. It still remains one of the strangest transfers when West Ham decided to bring the battering ram to East London, and they surely regret that decision now. The 27-year-old played 22 minutes in the Premier League despite signing for £10million, and Hammers’ fans will have learnt quickly that he wasn’t cut out for the top-flight, something that became obvious when he shipped out without being given a chance. It might not be over for Hugill in the Premier League, but he must earn his way there through promotion, as his West Ham career will surely come to an end, whether that be in the summer or in January.

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