West Ham have struggled for consistency in the first few months of Manuel Pellegrini’s reign and one major problem has been the lack of a reliable centre-forward.
Marko Arnautovic has impressed at times when leading the line but the Austria international fills the role in the side mostly due to a lack of alternatives, with Javier Hernandez failing to replicate his form from his time at Manchester United and Andy Carroll remaining on the sidelines through injury.
The Hammers made an eyebrow-raising addition back in January with the signing of Jordan Hugill from Preston and the 26-year-old made just three Premier League appearances before being loaned out to Middlesbrough in the summer.
Slow to find his feet with Tony Pulis’ side, Hugill caught the eye at the weekend as he opened his account for the title-chasing Championship outfit after scoring a brace in a 2-0 victory over Wigan.
That led to some West Ham fans debating his future and we have gathered some of the best reactions below.
— ⚒ Tom ⚒ (@Strayan_Tom) November 12, 2018
Call him back when we’re at the bottom by boxing day
— Miks⚒ (@HadiMikdashi) November 12, 2018
@BraddersMcC give him back!!
— Connor Anderson (@ConnorFleming15) November 12, 2018
Keep this up son and you will be walking out to all the bubbles soon
— Dan (@DanielReid__) November 13, 2018
Not good enough for the premier league. Barely scores in the championship
— Steve (@irons80) November 12, 2018
Keep up the good work, can’t wait to see you back in claret and nl6ue!
— Adam Leatherbarrow (@Adam_MC1R) November 10, 2018
Glad it’s working out for you and gutted you didn’t get a proper shout at West Ham i really wanted you to do well for us
— Nick Olive (@neo866) November 10, 2018