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Middlesbrough announced the loan signing of West Ham United striker Jordan Hugill on a season long loan in early August, however the Boro-born forwards time on Teesside hasn’t been plain sailing so far.

According to The Boot Room, Hugill must find form at Middlesbrough, otherwise he will ‘face obscurity’ from his parent club West Ham United.

In eight Championship appearances for Boro he has failed to find the net, and his only goal for the club came in the second round of the Carabao Cup, against League One side Rochdale.

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However, manager Tony Pulis has been very complimentary and full of praise for Hugill in recent weeks, and has put faith in the 26-year old, with the forward starting the last two games at Ipswich and against Nottingham Forest in place of record-signing Britt Assombalonga.

Hugill is yet to play under new Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini, but the forward will be hoping a successful spell at Middlesbrough will boost his chances of breaking into the first team at the London Stadium under the Chilean.

He was limited to substitute appearances under previous manager David Moyes after his £8 million move from Preston North End in January 2018, and now finds himself down in the pecking order behind the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Michail Antonio, Javier Hernandez, Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez.

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If Hugill’s performances aren’t consistently better, it may be a case of West Ham cutting their losses and selling the forward, but it remains to be seen whether Middlesbrough will offer him a lifeline.

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