West Ham United play host to Burnley at the London Stadium on Saturday, and Irons fans are at odds on Twitter as to whether January signing Jordan Hugill should be handed his first Premier League start for the club against the Clarets.
The east London outfit bought the 25-year-old striker in a £10m deal from Championship club Preston North End on deadline day, but despite the absence of Andy Carroll and the departures of Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew, he has only played 12 minutes of top flight football with Javier Hernandez or Marko Arnautovic preferred up top.
The 6ft centre-forward, who failed to come off of the substitutes’ bench in the 4-1 defeat to Swansea last weekend much to the bemusement of the fans, might be better ited to coming up against the Burnley defence however given he is known for being strong in the air, but Hammers supporters are divided on whether he should get the nod against Sean Dyche’s men or not.
They have been quick to have their say on Hugill’s chances of starting via social media, and while one said ‘time to give Hugill a start’, another disagreed and said playing him from the start would be “too risky”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Great point! We were totally shocking on Saturday & only Rice & Antonio came out of it with any credit for me and must start Saturday! While were at it time to give Cullen & Hughill a start!! https://t.co/riFRrR5nsQ
— Ross John Elderfield (@RossElderfield) March 7, 2018
Cullen should now be given his chance after Kouyate was non existent yet again. Moyes clearly doesn’t trust or rate Hugill so can’t help but feel he will be another Calleri type player – play a few as sub and in the cups before moving on to another club in a year or two.
— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) March 7, 2018
When you have Arnie, Antonio and Chicharito to play then yes it would.
— Jason (@jasontheo1969) March 7, 2018
Could end up like that! But no, against Burnley's CB's we'll need a strong striker who's good in the air
— West Ham Fan Zone (@WHUFCFZ) March 7, 2018
Potentially second half substitution if Chicharito is getting no service on the floor. You know he will give a 100% and he’s a threat in the air so there’s no harm in giving him a run out.
— Jordan (@Jordan_whufc_) March 7, 2018
— martin tyzack (@MTyzack) March 7, 2018
It would be a very very good idea!
— Tony Adams (@tadams1967) March 7, 2018
— Philip 父 Wilkinson 父 (@PW57WHU) March 7, 2018
Maybe not start but give him game time if we need a goal get it to him so he can hold it up
— barrie senior (@barritelli) March 7, 2018