By Noel Whelan

1st Nov, 2019 | 2:28pm

Exclusive: Pundit claims forgotten West Ham player may be handed chance to save Irons career

Noel Whelan suggests that forgotten man Jordan Hugill could forge a future at West Ham after impressing during his loan spell at Queens Park Rangers.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker and Championship expert says that the 27-year-old could still make something of himself in east London despite having played just 22 minutes for the Irons.

Hugill, who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough, has scored seven goals in 13 appearances for QPR since his move across the capital, the same amount he managed to net in his 41 games in the north east.

Whelan says that the striker’s fine form will have silenced some of his critics both at the London Stadium and across the footballing world, suggesting it could give him a second chance at West Ham.

Whelan told Football Insider: “He’s answering a few questions and critics. The Championship is not a walk in the park, it’s a very difficult league to be in and he’s answered a few critics saying he can’t do it.

“If he keeps doing it at Championship then he will get more recognised by Pellegrini and there might be an opportunity from there but he’s got to prove it, he’s got to be hitting 20 goals this season at QPR, minimum.

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“Right now he’s doing very well and you can’t take that away from the lad.” 

Hugill did not manage to score in his three appearances for the Hammers, with his last outing in claret and blue coming back in March 2018.

He was most prolific at Preston North End, the club West Ham signed him from, with 30 goals in 114 appearances in the north west.

In other West Ham news, Football Insider can reveal that the club are plotting talks over a new contract deal at the London Stadium.