By Laura O'Leary

25th Jun, 2018 | 5:40pm

West Ham must look to loan out Hugill - opinion


West Ham are playing a blinder by reportedly loaning Sam Bryam out to Nottingham Forest rather than selling him and must take a similar stance when it comes to the immediate future of Jordan Hugill.

According to The Sun Byram is set to spend his 2018/19 campaign on loan at Forest as he does not feature in Manuel Pellegrini’s current first-team plans.

The 24-year-old defender has had an injury-ridden time ever since arriving at the Premier League club from Leeds United in 2016 but it’s clear that as he is still relatively young, he could still be an useful player in the Hammers’ future.

At the very least Bryam deserves further opportunities at the Hammers as so far he has had the odds stacked against him due to unforeseen injury woes and clearly there is a talented player hidden behind his problems.

It’s very likely that if the right-back takes the Championship by storm then he could feature once again for the Hammers in the future, this means a loan spell away could end up improving a player for Pellegrini.

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Another player who hasn’t been given a fair crack of the whip at the London Stadium is Hugill as he has only been allowed to make three first-team appearances for the Hammers since joining from Preston North End in January.

Yet despite hardly having time to settle or a chance given to him, Claret and Hugh reported in May that the 26-year-old forward was going to be first out the door this summer with the club seeking offers for his services.

It was believed that as long as a realistic bid was submitted for his services then Hugill would shortly be packing his bags in order to leave permanently.

This could see the Hammers wave goodbye to a forward that could soon prove himself to be good enough to play for them and miss out on having a great talent in their squad.

Instead of making this potential mistake, the club should look to loan him instead of selling him in order to give him an opportunity if he returns after a successful spell away.

This route, just like with Bryam, would mark the best of both worlds for the Hammers as they will not have him wasting away in the reserves and he could return having proved himself to worth Pellegrini’s attention.

Therefore given their willingness to leave the door open to Bryam by granting him only a temporary exit, the Hammers should do the same with Hugill this summer.

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