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For such a large club, Wolverhampton Wanderers do have a tendency to disappoint. They have been hit and miss this season (mostly miss), and will need to improve markedly as a squad to gain promotion next term.
Having converted Conor Coady into a right-back and having seen the emergence of Danny Batth at centre-half, their problems may not be in the defence. They are desperate for a no.9 who can lead the fight from the front and provide the finishing touches to the moves created by talented players such as Marshall and Costa in behind. With that in mind, they should put all their efforts into signing Preston’s Jordan Hugill.
Reaching a good level now with Preston North End and sure to get better, Hugill has had his most productive season ever, managing 44 appearances in the league. His 35 starts in that time have yielded 12 goals and you can add a few more to that next season as he will continue to improve. If given better service, which arguably he would get from the likes of Costa, Marshall and Cavaleiro, he can be expected to start passing the 20-goal mark which these days is extremely valuable in the Championship.
The end of this league season may have come too soon for Hugill. The Middlesbrough-born striker scored an excellent goal at St James’ Park in an otherwise dismal performance against Newcastle which was part of a run of 7 goals in 19 games in the Championship during a period in which his side won only 4 times. He is clearly beginning to outgrow this Preston team and, with all due respect to them, at 24-years-old he cannot afford to hang around there much longer if he is to achieve his ambitions.
Andreas Weimann has managed just 2 goals in 19 games, which is a dreadfully disappointing return from the Austrian. He would argue that he is not a no.9 though and as such a high goals-to-games ratio should not be expected. Nouha Dicko has fared little better and so Paul Lambert’s options have been severely limited up to this point.
Wolves right now cannot attract a top class striker (though they need a 20-goal man) and Hugill as yet cannot get a move to a top club (though he may be capable soon) so together they may realise their joint ambitions. An inexpensive move for Hugill may be the best piece of business Wolves can expect to do this summer and boy do they need it.