Preston North End striker Jordan Hugill is ‘improving by the week’ according to Deepdale assistant boss Glynn Snodin.
Hugill was on target with his second PNE goal in Tuesday night’s win over Shrewsbury.
The week before he had netted against Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup. Signed from Port Vale in the summer as a player to develop rather than necessarily be a first-team regular straight away, Hugill has caught the eye of the coaching staff.
“Jordan has raw potential and you can see him getting better by the week,” Snodin told the Evening Post. “He is coming along with each training session and match as we try to put more things into his game.
“Probably in another three months we will see even more from Jordan.
“His match fitness will get better and his body shape will get right.
“There is a good player there and it is exciting to work with the raw materials which he clearly has.
“The goal in the Shrewsbury game was just what we wanted from him. At times in the first half of the game he had been coming too deep looking for the ball.
“We want him to be a real nuisance to the opposition in the 18-yard box. He has the strength to do that and like at Middlesbrough the other week, it was good to see him getting in close to score.
“Against Shrewsbury it was all about getting 60-70 minutes out of him, that was the plan.
“Jordan takes a battering at times from defenders and runs the channels. He did his job, scored a goal, so the lad got a breather towards the end.”
Hugill’s goals have come in his two starts for North End, with him also making three appearances from the bench.
In last week’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield United, he almost scored within a few minutes of coming on as a substitute – his far-post volley was saved by Blades keeper Mark Howard.
Hugill and his team-mates will be given the opportunity this weekend to re-charge their batteries.
PNE are without a game after their scheduled visit to Leyton Orient was postponed because of international calls.
The squad trained yesterday at Springfields and now have a short break before resuming work next week. Snodin said: “We have had an intense spell with the Saturday-Tuesday schedule since the start of the season.
“That came on top of a tough pre-season so it won’t do the lads any harm to have a couple of days away from it.
“We will make sure they continue to eat and drink the correct things, then they will come back and work hard in training.”
Some of the first-team squad are set to feature in Tuesday’s Lancashire FA Senior Cup tie against Blackburn.
The game is being played at Rovers’ Brockhall training ground (1.30pm) and fans are welcome to attend.
It will be an ideal chance to get more game time into some players who have not featured too much this season.
North End resume league action a week tomorrow away to Walsall, then play host to Chesterfield the following Tuesday.