Today Jordan Hugill is close to signing for Middlesbrough on a season-long loan from West Ham United, so here’s the lowdown on the 26-year-old striker.
Jordan was born in Middlesbrough and spent the early stages of his career bouncing around various non-league clubs, most notably Whitby Town and Marske United, as well as a short-lived fling in Spain with Jerez Industrial. His performances earnt him a move to then League One outfit Port Vale, where he scored 4 goals in 20 outings which helped them to a ninth-place finish. He also played 7 games on loan at Gateshead during the same season, netting 5 times.
This meant he caught the attention of Preston North End, who he then signed for in June 2014 for an undisclosed fee. He only managed to make 3 appearances in the 2014/15 season for PNE, 2 of which were in cup competitions, which resulted in him being shipped to Tranmere in League Two on loan where he made 6 starts, he was then recalled and sent to Hartlepool, also in League 2, on loan for the remainder of the season. He was the crucial talisman Hartlepool required in their desperate fight against relegation, and Jordan managed to contribute 4 goals and 2 assists in 8 games which helped The Pools preserve their Football League status.
He then spent the following two and a half seasons playing for Preston in the Championship, bagging a total of 23 goals as well as providing numerous assists. Eventually, his obvious goalscoring talents and slick hold up play caught the eye of former West Ham boss David Moyes and he joined The Hammers in January 2018, for a fee believed to be within the region of £10 million. He played in 3 games for East-London club and failed to make a significant impact. Thus stimulating the new West Ham boss, Manuel Pellegrini, to make the decision to allow Hugill to depart the Hammers.
He is wanted by Tony Pulis and Middlesbrough on a season-long loan and if he decides to make the temporary switch, he brings with him a proven Championship goal-scoring legacy. The step down may help re-install Jordan’s confidence and allow him to flourish into the striker Boro were desperately missing last term, after the departure of Patrick Bamford left them without a true marksman. I believe Jordan is an astounding signing for Middlesbrough, and I hope he can propel Tony Pulis’ men to a vastly improved finish in the 2018/19 season.