Jordan Hugill’s loan spell at West Bromwich Albion has been a difficult one but the striker may well have played his final game in a Baggies shirt.
Signed from Norwich City in the summer to fill Albion’s clear hole at number nine, Hugill has never really looked at home and found the net just once in 20 appearances for the Championship club.
The 29-year-old has been emblematic of Valerien Ismael’s side’s struggles in front of goal and has never really fitted in with the high-tempo and direct style that the French coach prefers.
With American forward Daryl Dike joining in a big-money deal from Orlando City at the start of the January window, it seems Hugill’s days at The Hawthorns are numbered.
There was lots of talk in the months building up to the end of 2021 about a potential recall – with some reports suggesting it would hinge on Adam Idah being sent out on loan.
Idah looks set to remain at Norwich but journalist Alan Nixon reported a few days ago that the Premier League club do plan on bringing him back to Carrow Road this month.
Whether that is to be part of Dean Smith’s squad or they plan to move him on again is unclear but it does seem as though we may have seen the last of Hugill in a West Brom shirt.
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Many Albion fans will view that as good news, freeing up some more room on the wage bill, but it will leave Dike as the only out-and-out number nine in the senior squad.
Even so, keeping hold of the Norwich loanee doesn’t seem the right solution.