Ex-Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson has been left a little confused by West Brom’s signing of Norwich City striker Jordan Hugill, whilst speaking to Football Insider.
Hugill, who played a deputy role to Teemu Pukki during Norwich’s title-winning season last time out, scored four times in 31 appearances, although just seven of those games came from the very start.
The 29-year-old joins The Baggies as their fourth summer signing, following in the footsteps of Alex Mowatt, Matt Clarke, and Adam Reach.
Hugill has scored 46 times in 207 appearances at Championship level, enjoying the best spells of his career thus far at Preston North End and QPR.
During his time with The Lilywhites, the forward netted 30 times in 114 appearances, whilst with The R’s, Hugill scored 15 times in 41 outings.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson spoke about his confusion around the signing: “I’m not sure about this one if I’m honest.
“Does he fit into that team? They play with a three up top and the front three that they have got is strong.
“Callum Robinson and Karlan Grant have been especially good this season. They’ve been brilliant so far. I cannot see Hugill getting in ahead of either of those two at the moment.
“Ismael probably sees him as cover more than anything else.”
Jordan Hugill has scored lots of goals at Championship level, and despite not featuring too much last season, he has a lot to offer.
Robinson uses the word ‘cover’, and to a certain extent, that looks to be true, but he is more of an alternative option for now, a player that Ismael can call upon when his existing style may not be working.
The forward has pace, power, an eye for goal, and is also an intelligent individual out of possession.
He may struggle to pave a way into the side now, but he will be eagerly awaiting any slip-ups from the current attacking line-up and will be on hand to prove himself.