David Moyes must hold his hands up and admit making a huge mistake over the transfer of striker Jordan Hugill.
The striker, who signed from Preston in January for a fee of around £9million has only played a total of 12 minutes of Premier League football since he joined, and has been an unused sub for the past three games, despite West Ham’s shortcomings.
Moyes comments when he joined suggests he was a panic buy – a stab in the dark after all other options had been tried and failed.
He came in on deadline day, which never suggests a deal that was one of the club’s main targets, and after he joined Moyes said: “Hopefully he can help us in a period when we’re a bit short of strikers.”
West Ham fans were furious – and they’ve had a lot to be angry about this season – and looking at Hugill’s record you can see why.
30 goals in 114 games for Preston North End, five in 24 for Port Vale… These aren’t the stats of one of the most sought-after strikers in the Championship.
Hugill scored a goal last night against Conference opposition Dagenham in a friendly, and he might be hoping for a start against Southampton on the back of that.
We can’t see it though.
Most fans were not impressed with what they saw, despite his goal, and it’s time for Moyes to hold his hands up and say he got it wrong.
Hugill is not a Premier League striker and if he’s not good enough for West Ham now he’s not going to be good enough for West Ham next season, unless they get relegated.
And that’s not something any Hammers fan would want to contemplate.