The now Preston number nine would have been unheard of around 4 seasons ago, as he was a player of Whitby Town in the Conference North, and has made a rapid climb up the footballing pyramid. After finding the net on his Whitby dabuet in 2011, Hugill ruled himself out for the next 10 months by damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in the same game. After recovering and finding his fitness by going on loan to Marske United of the Northern Conference, Port Vale decided to take a punt and sign the striker. In his first season in the Football League Hugill scored four in 20 league outings- which interested then League One side Preston North End. Despite only making three appearances in the season, Preston were promoted to the Championship where Hugill has featured more prominently. Last campaign was Hugill’s best finding the net twelve times during the term, in a season where Preston finished 11th under Simon Grayson.
Despite not being the most clinical, Hugill’s aerial ability brings other players into play- which would get the best out of Leeds’ attacking midfielders and wingers. On the other hand, Leeds may be looking for a more clinical striker rather than a work horse and aerial target, but Hugill could always be used as a plan B if needed.