Jordan Hugill suggested that West Ham will be keeping tabs on his progress with Queens Park Rangers, when speaking exclusively to the Kilburn Times.
The 27-year-old joined the Hammers from Preston North End in January 2018, for a fee believed to be worth £10 million, according to Football.London.
Hugill struggled desperately at the London Stadium, however. He racked up just three appearances for West Ham, and failed to score a single goal.
The striker was farmed out on loan to Middlesbrough for the 2018/19 season, where he scored seven goals in 41 appearances for the Teesside outfit.
Hugill then joined QPR on loan in the summer, and he has made a fine start to life in west London with six goals in 11 outings to his name.
And the former Preston man told the Kilburn Times how he believes he is a Premier League striker:
“It’s one of them things where I can only improve on what I did last year so if I can improve on that this early then who knows where I can go. I believe personally that I’m a Premier League player. For me now my focus is to get QPR in the Premier League. I’m sure they’re [West Ham] keeping tabs and doing what they do but for me personally I’m just focused on what I’m doing here.”
Despite Hugill’s comments, it is clear that Manuel Pellegrini is not a big fan of the striker. And his future in east London remains bleak to say the least.
If he keeps up his ratio of one goal in every two games with QPR, however, the West Ham manager and owners will have no choice but to reconsider Hugill’s future at the London Stadium.