Hugo made a point of expressing his thanks to Wigan Athletic, the club that gave him his break into the Premier League and was really looking forward to his new challenge.
Hugo was signed by Steve Bruce on 25th January 2009 on a three and a half year deal from Mexican outfit Necaxa for a fee of £4,500,000. He replaced the outgoing Emile Heskey who had moved to Aston Villa three days previously. His debut came on 28th January 2009 in a home game against Liverpool when he came onto the field of play as a substitute for Amr Zaki. The Blues drew 1-1 with his fellow debutant, Mido scoring the penalty that secured the point.
As at the end of last season he had made 92+20 Premier League appearances, scoring 24 times. His goal scoring record is the best ever in the Premier League beating the previous best of 20 which was secured by Henri Camara.
He had refused a new contract in the winter of 2011 which had six months to run. This meant that he was free to leave in the summer on a free transfer. This didn’t endear him too well with manager Roberto Martinez who then just used him as an impact sub for the remaining few months of his Wigan Athletic career.
Speaking of his latest avquisition Fulham mmanager Martin Jol said, “I am delighted that Hugo has decided to join Fulham. There has been a lot of interest in him from other top flight teams in England and abroad, so to be able to add his quality to our squad is a massive boost this early in our preparations for the new campaign. He is a great addition and I think he will contribute very well to our style and philosophy here.”
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