Middlesbrough are now only in the Championship play-off positions on goal difference following their 1-0 defeat against fellow promotion hopefuls Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Wednesday night, and Boro fans destroyed striker Jordan Hugill on Twitter for his performance.
As the 26-year-old has become accustomed to this season, he was selected to start up top on his own by Tony Pulis in what was a defensively-minded line-up in Yorkshire.
The West Ham United loanee was often left isolated against Chris Wilder’s side, while he also failed to take the chances he did get when they did fall his way.
With six goals in 25 league appearances for the Teesside outfit during the current campaign he is hardly a prolific centre-forward, but he has continually kept his place in the XI despite facing competition from the likes of Britt Assombalonga for the lone striker berth.
Middlesbrough supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on Hugill’s latest display, and while one said the team “played with 9 men” in relation to Hugill and the sending off of Daniel Ayala, another described him as “a waste of a shirt”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Don’t think Hugill will ever be a footballer , is touch is dreadful #borolive
— tim snaith (@timsnakey) February 13, 2019
Jordan "one touch and give it away" Hugill #borolive
— Jack Strawberry (@BoroStrawberry) February 13, 2019
If Britt was on the pitch we’d be two up. Hugill is a donkey
— Joe Usher (@Jusher97) February 13, 2019
Don’t care that hugill holds the ball up well, he can’t shoot. He is a striker.
— . (@SugarFreeStuani) February 13, 2019
I don’t know why but I just can’t warm to Hugill ??
— Sharon Atkinson (@SharonA73489522) February 13, 2019
Hugill is absolutely woefull
— kieran (@kieranwilsonnn) February 13, 2019
Please never start Hugill over Britt again I will do anything
— The Fresh Prince (@_TY_97) February 13, 2019
Been one of our stand out players for seasons but has struggled recently. We have nothing going forward, Hugill is a much more waste of a shirt but the pressure is on defence because it’s with them for 90 mins
— Richard Simpson (@RichBlueSimpson) February 13, 2019
Struggled all season to understand what Hugill offers us? He is simply not good enough ?
— Tom McGarry ® (@tom_mcgarry17) February 13, 2019
Once again Hugill hasn't had a sniff all night, he's just terrible. #STARTassombalonga
— All About Boro (@AllAboutBoro) February 13, 2019
doesn’t do anything well at all
— Beachmaster (@LordOfTheReeves) February 13, 2019
Played with 9men. Hugill is awful. #SHUMID
— Christian Stubbs (@Christianstubbs) February 13, 2019