Dean Smith does not think Jordan Hugill can be recalled from West Brom
Norwich boss Dean Smith wants to speak to on-loan striker Jordan Hugill but believes there is no recall option in his deal with West Brom.
After the Baggies signing of US international Daryl Dike the English striker looks to have fallen down the pecking order at the Hawthorns.
But ex-Aston Villa boss Smith is unlikely to be able to secure his return to his parent club thanks to a lack of a recall clause in the deal.
Smith said, as quoted by The Pink Un today (Friday): “I’m going to be speaking to Jordan over the next 24 hours to see how he is finding it there. I don’t believe there’s a release clause but I’ll have a chat and see how he is.”
Not working out
The 29-year-old has not had a successful time at West Brom, only managing to score once in 20 appearances since the start of the season.
Callum Robinson and Karlan Grant have carried most of the load scoring-wise, and the new arrival from America will be expected to add to that.
But in terms of out-and-out striker options, the loanee may be expected to stay as a back-up to the new arrival.
Manager Valerien Ismael recently held talks with Hugill to provide “clarity” (Pink Un) but the situation regarding his future is currently unclear.
Norwich are badly struggling for goals in the Premier League, having not scored a league goal since November, but judging by his struggles in the Championship it seems unlikely that Hugill would be the answer to that.
It appears that the player may be left in a sort of limbo where neither club particularly need him currently, but his long term options will be clearer once he has had contact with Smith.
The manager at Carrow Road only came in after the loan deal had started, so it may be that if they have a chance to work together things will work out differently.
In other West Brom news, this loanee is ready to prove himself in the Championship.