West Ham United striker Jordan Hugill has told whufc.com that the friendly match against Dagenham & Redbridge on Wednesday night is the ideal opportunity for him to prove to manager David Moyes that he is ready to help the club in their battle for survival in the Premier League.
The Irons brought the centre-forward to the London Stadium in a £10m deal from Championship club Preston North End on January 31 after Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew departed, but he has played just 12 minutes of top flight football since then in the five matches he has been available for, with his own fans since describing his signing as pointless.
The likes of Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez have been preferred up top, but with those two both on international duty Hugill is likely to get the nod against Dagenham, and it is a chance to impress that the 25-year-old is relishing.
The Hammers’ number 17 told whufc.com: “For me, this game is perfect because it gives me a platform to show the coaching staff what I can do and that, if I’m called upon, I’m going to be ready for it.
“Hopefully I’ll do well and if I do the right things on the pitch, it’ll put myself at the forefront of the manager’s mind and show I am ready for it.”
Three straight defeats by three-goal margins have left Moyes’ men just one place and two points above the relegation zone ahead of the potentially season-defining clash against the side below them – Southampton – at the London Stadium on March 31.