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‘Struggled for goals on a regular basis’ – West Brom close in on latest summer signing: The verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

West Bromwich Albion are set to sign Norwich City striker Jordan Hugill on loan, according to Pink’Un

The Baggies have made a fantastic start to the season but still look short of a centre-forward and it seems Hugill is close to joining the club to solve that issue.

But will that be a good signing for them? And do they need him?

We quizzed our writers for their thoughts…

George Harbey

I don’t quite know what to make about this, to be honest.

Albion are clearly wanting a new, natural number nine to come in and compliment the likes of Callum Robinson and Karlan Grant who can drift out wide and be more fluid.

Hugill fits the mould – he is a classic number nine who is good at holding up the ball and is good in the air, so in that respect, he’d give them a different dimension and give them what they want.

He’s struggled for goals on a regular basis in his career, and his best season saw him score only 13 goals in the Championship whilst on loan at QPR.

Having that prolific striker who can score 15-20 goals can be so important in the race for promotion, but I’m not sure he’s got that quality.

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Adam Jones

This does look as though it could be a good signing for West Brom if they are able to get it done.

Valerien Ismael’s squad does seem slightly on numbers upfront, so it could make sense to bring another in that position in the final week of the window, and Hugill obviously fits that role.

Indeed, we have seen in the past that Hugill can operate as something of a target man upfront, which should fit in with the pressing style of play that Ismael has already implemented at The Hawthorns this season, and the 29-year-old has previously demonstrated his ability to get goals at this level.

As a result, he ought to be able to make the sort of impact West Brom will need him to in the battle for promotion, and given there does seem to have been a desire for more signings among the fans, this deal could help further lift the spirits in the stands, meaning this does look to be a smart piece of business from the Baggies.

Toby Wilding

This does look as though it could be a good signing for West Brom if they are able to get it done.

Valerien Ismael’s squad does seem slightly on numbers upfront, so it could make sense to bring another in that position in the final week of the window, and Hugill obviously fits that role.

Indeed, we have seen in the past that Hugill can operate as something of a target man upfront, which should fit in with the pressing style of play that Ismael has already implemented at The Hawthorns this season, and the 29-year-old has previously demonstrated his ability to get goals at this level.

As a result, he ought to be able to make the sort of impact West Brom will need him to in the battle for promotion, and given there does seem to have been a desire for more signings among the fans, this deal could help further lift the spirits in the stands, meaning this does look to be a smart piece of business from the Baggies.


Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

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