Jordan Hugill has revealed that his initial six-month spell with West Ham United was the biggest learning curve of his career.
The 27-year-old was taken to the London Stadium in January 2018 by David Moyes and arrived from Preston North End for a figure of around £9 million.
Hugill’s spell with the Hammers failed to yield anything productive. He was never ever able to establish himself with the West Ham first-team as he went on to make just three Premier League appearances and failed to score a goal.
“Those six months at West Ham was the biggest learning curve I’ve had in my career,” Hugill told Teesside Live.
“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.
“It was a bit, not daunting, but I’m sitting there, looking and thinking, I’m their teammate now.”
After West Ham opted not to extend the short-term contract of former manager Moyes and opted to recruit Manuel Pellegrini during the summer of 2018, it became evident that Hugill would not have any future with the club.
He was subsequently shipped out on loan to Middlesbrough last season, for whom he scored six goals from 37 Championship games.
The 27-year-old is back on loan at Queens Park Rangers for this season. He has so far scored seven goals from 13 Championship appearances for Mark Warburton’s side this term and looks to be returning to form.
Hugill is contracted to West Ham until 2022 though it is hard to see him having much of a future with the East London club.
If he carries on scoring at his current rate, QPR will probably be keen on sign him during the summer transfer window.
He will likely be able to continue performing well in the Championship for years to come and under second-tier clubs may also come with offers.