By Beck Pascal

17th Jan, 2022 | 12:00pm

Valerien Ismael comments on West Brom future of Jordan Hugill

Valerien Ismael has suggested that Jordan Hugill will struggle for game time if he stays at West Brom for the rest of the season. 

The striker was completely left out of the squad on Saturday (January 15) as the Baggies lost 1-0 to QPR.

Matt Phillips started the game up top for Albion with new boy Daryl Dike coming off the bench to make his debut. 

“I spoke to him about the situation, he came to me.” Ismael told Express & Star.

“I think now for him it’s a new situation – we have spoken openly about the situation. 

“With Covid you never know. We could have another five players out so you never know. At QPR it was my decision for that game.”

Caution needed

There doesn’t seem to be a lot of options for Hugill. He will certainly be very unhappy with how things have progressed at the Hawthorns with the Englishman now set to be moved to the side-lines.

It seems as if West Brom and Ismael are trying to ice the striker out to force him and Norwich to make a decision on his future. 

A recall to the South East looked unlikely after Dean Smith claimed there wasn’t a recall option in the 29-year-old’s contract. 

Unless his deal is terminated by either party, there isn’t a great deal that can be done. 

Leaving him out of the weekend’s squad seems quite disrespectful to Hugill who has been painfully out of form this season, but his attitude and character could never be questioned. 

As things stand his Albion career isn’t over and there is still a strong chance he plays again if and before he departs. It might not be the smartest move to leave him completely out of the fold. 

In other Baggies news, Peterborough chief ‘confident’ in signing West Brom ace Morton in summer.