By Craig Scott

25th Jul, 2019 | 1:19pm

Leeds eye West Ham flop Jordan Hugill

It wouldn’t be a transfer window without Leeds United being linked with Jordan Hugill.

According to the London Evening Standard, the Whites are yet again in the hunt to sign the 27-year-old centre-forward, who West Ham are trying to sell before the start of next season.

Football Insider reported in August 2017 that Leeds were interested in Hugill when he was still at Preston North End while the same news outlet then claimed in January 2018 that the striker was again on the Yorkshire club’s radar before he eventually signed for West Ham.

The Sun then reported last summer that Marcelo Bielsa wanted to sign the former Port Vale man before Middlesbrough eventually struck a loan deal for him.

Leeds have constantly been linked with Hugill and now he is someone who is reportedly on their radar yet again.

But why on earth would Bielsa want the West Ham flop?

During Hugill’s time on loan at Middlesbrough last season he scored just seven goals in 41 appearances across all competitions.

Even before he joined West Ham, where he is yet to score having played just three times in the Premier League, Hugill was hardly prolific for Preston as he only scored 30 goals in 114 total outings for them.

According to stats by WhoScored, Hugill’s struggles are not just down to his poor goalscoring record either.

Hugill made more appearances than both Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford in the Championship last season but scored fewer goals than both of them, averaged fewer shots at goal per match and had a lower WhoScored match rating.

While Hugill was more of a handful for Championship defenders in the air, that may be more down to the fact that he was playing in a team with renown long-ball tactician Tony Pulis.

Once Hugill got the ball on the deck, his pass accuracy of 59.8 per cent was truly awful, especially in comparison to Roofe [76.6%] and Bamford [76.5%].

Hugill does not appear to fit in with Bielsa’s tactics and even though the target man was supposed to be a good fit for Pulis’ archaic tactics at Middlesbrough, he struggled.

Hugill might be decent for a team lower down in the Championship but he is certainly not good enough for Leeds and does not come close to being as good as Roofe and Bamford.

Any money spent on the West Ham outcast this summer would be money wasted.