West Ham United striker and new signing Jordan Hugill has stated his excitement at the prospect of battling it out with some of the Premier League’s best defenders over these next few months.
The “old-fashioned” forward joined on January Transfer Deadline Day from Preston North End for an undisclosed fee, Preston’s record outgoing, believed to be around £10 million.
In a light-hearted question and answer video posted on West Ham’s Official Website last week, Hugill was asked about which PL defender he was looking forward to facing the most and had this to say in reply,
“I’d probably say all of them, I’m pretty sure they haven’t come up against a player like me for a long time”, proclaimed the ex-non-league star.
“So, I’m sure testing myself against any Premier League defender is going to be good for me and my confidence, but it’s going to be a tough time for them as well, so I’m looking forward to them all”.
Hugill has made two appearances in Claret & Blue since arriving at the London Stadium, both of them being from the substitutes’ bench in an away loss at Brighton & Hove Albion and home win over Watford.
The tall frontman has already shown signs of what his strength and physicality might bring to the English Top-Flight also, even if his two showings were little more than cameos.
But, the 25-year-old’s goal-scoring pedigree speaks for itself, as he had managed to net ten goals this campaign alone, more than any other strikers at the club have tallied up.
In addition to this, across nearly 200 career appearances, Hugill has scored over 50 goals, making him the target of fellow Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace last month, David Moyes beating Roy Hodgson to his signature in the end.
The Englishman will be desperate to make his mark in what many regard “the hardest league in the world”, looking to make his first start in a Hammers shirt in next Saturday’s trip to Anfield to face off with Liverpool.
Here, Hugill will be doing battle with the most expensive centre-back on the planet in the Reds’ Virgil van Dijk, should he get on, on Merseyside for his third display.
As a team, the East Londoners will certainly be hoping to grind out a result against a free-scoring Liverpool side under Jurgen Klopp, much similar to the point they earned at Wembley Stadium against Tottenham Hotspur at the very start of the year.
Their last victory against the Hornets saw them stay in 12th position, but up to the landmark number of 30 points, a mere 10 off the magical figure of 40, although still just four points above the bottom three, such is the tightness of the bottom half.
And with fellow target man Andy Carroll likely to miss the rest of the season, Hugill is expected to get his chance to impress on the big stage, however, one question remains for now, can the prolific striker’s presence and goals help to keep West Ham United afloat in the Premier League? Only time will tell.