Jordan Hugill sat down for an exclusive interview with Teesside Live, and suggested that the six months he spent at West Ham was the biggest learning curve of his career.
The 27-year-old hitman joined the Hammers from Preston North End in January 2018 for around £9 million, according to Claret and Hugh.
He desperately failed to establish himself at the London Stadium, however.
Hugill made just three appearances for West Ham, failing to score a single goal.
He was farmed out on loan to Middlesbrough last season, and is currently on loan with Queens Park Rangers.
Whilst he is still owned by the Hammers, it is hard to envisage him having much of a future in east London.
Hugill spoke exclusively to Teesside Live, and admitted that joining West Ham was a huge learning curve for him:
“Those six months at West Ham was the biggest learning curve I’ve had in my career. 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.”
Hugill is still under contract with West Ham until the summer of 2022. QPR will surely be keen to sign him permanently at the end of this season.
The 27-year-old has scored seven goals in 14 appearances for the Hoops, and he will be key to their hopes of promotion this season.
Hugill is a decent striker, and he will always do well at Championship level.
But perhaps the step up to the Premier League was just too much for him.