Boro may reap re­ward of keep­ing Hugill faith

Sunday Sun - - Football -

BORO will have the op­por­tu­nity to make Jor­dan Hugill’s move to Teesside a per­ma­nent one next month. West Ham are said to be look­ing for a fee of £6m for Hugill, who is on a sea­son-long loan at the Boro. The Ham­mers will take a knock of £4m on Hugill if they com­plete a sale, hav­ing forked out eight fig­ures to sign him from Pre­ston last Jan­uary.

Ev­ery­thing will de­pend on how highly Tony Pulis rates Hugill. The 26-year-old was nowhere near fit when he ar­rived back on Teesside but the Boro boss kept faith in him.

Hugill was handed only lim­ited pitch time while he get­ting fit but Boro are reap­ing the ben­e­fits.

The for­mer Dick­ens Inn bar­man will be slightly dis­ap­pointed with his per­for­mance against his for­mer club Pre­ston last week but then he saw very lit­tle of the ball.

Hugill cur­rently looks a bet­ter bet than Britt As­som­ba­longa for the cen­tre-for­ward spot and his in­clu­sion is even more vi­tal fol­low­ing the in­jury to Rudy Gest­ede.

Hugill and his fel­low for­wards can prob­a­bly ex­pect bet­ter ser­vice from Jan­uary on­wards be­cause Pulis is cer­tain to bring in at least one wide player.

Pulis is be­lieved to be weigh­ing up his op­tions and has tar­geted sev­eral pos­si­ble wing-men.

What­ever hap­pens, Pulis must hope that the new player or play­ers set­tle in quickly be­cause Boro need to im­prove their goalscor­ing out­put – and quickly.

In this re­spect, Pulis is de­lighted that Mar­cus Tav­ernier has taken ev­ery bit of the op­por­tu­ni­ties which have come his way.

The 19-year-old at­tack­ing mid­fielder jus­ti­fied his se­lec­tion at Brent­ford by scor­ing the cru­cial sec­ond goal and then came off the bench at Pre­ston to grab the equaliser.

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