Former West Ham United forward Alan Taylor has urged Hammers boss David Moyes to give Jordan Hugill a chance to impress in the coming weeks.
West Ham paid Preston North End a reported £10m to sign Hugill in the final moments of the January transfer window.
The 25-year-old, who is valued at £2.7m by transfermarkt.co.uk, arrived at the London Stadium off the back of scoring 10 times in 29 appearances during the first half of the 2017-18 campaign.
Hugill has only played 12 minutes of Premier League football for West Ham since his arrival, however, with Moyes preferring the likes of Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez in the final third of the field.
Taylor, who scored 36 times in 124 games for West Ham between 1974 and 1979, believes that Hugill would be a hit at the London Stadium if given a regular run in the team.
Taylor told West Ham’s official website:
“I’d be absolutely delighted if the lad gets his chance and scores a few goals. It’d be brilliant for Jordan Hugill and it’d be brilliant for the club, too.
“That signing showed that West Ham are prepared to look around the lower divisions for youngsters.
“At Preston, Jordan showed his goalscoring instincts and now, with better players around him, I really hope that he gets a run and knocks a few in.”
West Ham, who are currently 17th in the Premier League table, will host fellow strugglers Southampton in their next fixture on March 31.