May 27, 2024

Joe Hugill, a striker for Manchester United, has signed a season-long loan to play for Burton Albion. On Monday night, he may make his Football League debut in front of television cameras.

The 20-year-old joined the Brewers in time for their League One trip to Derby County on Monday night after inking a new deal with United on Wednesday that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2026. He is among the new manager Martin Paterson’s initial acquisitions after his appointment at the Pirelli Stadium earlier this week.

Due to a lack of available forwards, Hugill continued to practice with United at Carrington despite a loan agreement having been reached last week. He did not play in Monday night’s FA Cup victory at Wigan, but he was on the bench. Hugill has been on the bench four times this season, but he hasn’t made his club debut yet. As a result, he will now get first team experience somewhere else.

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I have a fantastic opportunity here. Hugill remarked, “I’m really excited about it and looking forward to getting going as it’s my first football league loan.”

“I can’t wait to experience men’s first-team action and getting as much experience and games under my belt and hopefully score some goals. I’m really looking forward to meeting the lads and getting going.

“I came here mostly because Burton is a family club and I myself place a high value on family. A few of the boys who are already here are guys I know, and they have nothing but wonderful things to say about the institution. As soon as there was interest, I spoke with Mark Helm, and he immediately responded, “What a great club it is, and I can’t wait to get started.”

As a former Premier League striker, Albion’s manager Paterson is sure he can assist Hugill in reaching his full potential.

“We’re really happy to get the loan signing of Joe over the line,” he stated. “Gary and the team have worked extremely hard behind the scenes to make this happen, fending off fierce competition from rival clubs to sign him on loan.

“You could sense his promise when he came in for work experience at Barnsley, where I had the pleasure of working with him briefly. We express our gratitude to Manchester United for entrusting us with the growth of a player they have great expectations for. I take great satisfaction in developing strikers, and I believe Joe can be a great asset to our team.”

Hugill paid £300,000 to transfer from Sunderland to the United academy in 2020, and he was a member of the team that won the FA Youth Cup in 2022. This season, he has eight goals for Travis Binnion’s Under-21s across all competitions.
After missing a month due to sickness, Anthony Martial is perhaps the only notable striker available for United when they play Tottenham on Sunday. That player is Rasmus Hojlund. Martial has missed the majority of the winter transfer window due to injury, which kept him out of action for nearly the whole summer transfer window.

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