By Beck Pascal

8th Jan, 2022 | 7:30pm

Jordan Hugill could leave West Brom after 'painful' admission by Valerien Ismael - report

Valerien Ismael has opened up on his discussions with West Brom loanee Jordan Hugill. 

Struggling for form this season and with the introduction of Daryl Dike, the Norwich striker finds himself in a difficult place in Ismael’s squad. 

The Baggies boss emphasised the importance of the club whilst admitting he expects more departures by the end of the window. 

“We had a chat with Jordan earlier this week. It’s clear. I told him my opinion, my vision, he got clarity,” Ismael told Birmingham Live.

“It’s not only about Jordan. I’ve been here now – with my staff – for six months and we gave a chance to everyone. We have an overview of all the players, we know what we want to see and at some point you have to make a decision.

“Sometimes when you make a decision it could be painful for people but it’s important to make that decision to move forward and to make sure we do the right thing for the club.

“We want to see West Brom having success short term and long-term so at some point you have to make a decision for the club. I think anything can happen until January 31. My expectation now is more that something happens with outgoings.”

Deadweight 

You can’t fault Hugill for his effort. When wearing the Albion shirt, he always gave it his all no matter how tough he was finding things and for that you have to give the Englishman credit.

However, he isn’t good enough to play for the Baggies, at least based on the form he has shown this season. The striker has netted just one goal all season for the Baggies which is embarrassing.

With the introduction of Dike, Hugill’s position in the team has become obsolete. Ismael no longer needs the striker. He is the first name on the list of players that could depart by the end of the window to free up space and finances for the rest of the squad. 

There has been speculation of Norwich recalling their striker. It is unclear why maybe down to his bad form but there will be no complaints from anyone within the West Brom camp.

In other Baggies news, Valerien Ismael claims ‘everything is possible’ ahead of West Brom v Brighton.