According to the latest reports from Daily Star, Leeds United are eying a move for West Ham United’s striker Jordan Hugill. Along with the Whites, Wigan Atheltic and West Brom are also said to be interested. The striker spent the last season on loan with Middlesbrough where he managed to find the back of the net seven times.
The Hammers signed him for big money in January 2018 for £9.5m from Preston North End. However, it seems clear to us that the striker is unlikely to progress his career much if he stays in the Premier League. The problem with prospective buyers, including Leeds, is Hugill’s wages. Reports say that the striker is being paid in the range of £40,000 a week. Therefore it is unlikely that Championship clubs would look to offer him that kind of money. Wigan are said to be willing to pay only half of his current weekly salary.
Why Leeds United need a striker?
The Yorkshire outfit played one of the most eye-catching brands of football last season, but they still failed to make it to the Premier League. One of the primary reasons for that was they were unable to put their chances to bed. In the end, that cost them the most. United need a striker who would guarantee 20-25 odd goals a season.
Kemar Roofe did an excellent job in the first half of the campaign, but he tapered off after some injury issues. In his absence, Patrick Bamford was supposed to come up with goals, but the Englishman had an underwhelming first year at Elland Road.
There is no doubt that a more clinical forward for the Whites last season could have been the difference-maker. Therefore the club needs to go in the transfer market to sign a standout option.
Should Bielsa make a move for Hugill?
Hugill’s performances in the Championship last season wouldn’t give the Whites much confidence. It’s true that he played for a pragmatic side like Middlesbrough so scoring goals freely is something one wouldn’t associate with a Tony Pulis’ side. However, the 27-year-old’s record in the Championship is average at best as he has 29 goals to his name in 137 appearances.
As we mentioned, the Whites should be on the lookout for a standout option. Hugill is more or less going to be on par with someone like Bamford. The 27-year-old showcases an impressive work rate and maybe that could be the reason why the Whites are in for him, but Hugill has never been a prolific scorer in his career. Frankly, the Whites should aim higher.
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