By Rob Jarvis

26th Jan, 2022 | 8:10am

Kevin Phillips: West Brom would have left themselves short if they cancelled Jordan Hugill loan

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Kevin Phillips has insisted that West Brom would have been leaving themselves short if they cancelled the loan spell of Jordan Hugill.

The ex-Baggies talisman admitted that Valerien Ismael could have used the money saved from his loan to bring in an attacking midfielder, but the risk is just too big.

It was confirmed on Tuesday (25/01) that Daryl Dike will now be missing for up to two months, meaning that Hugill will now be back in the fold.

“It hasn’t been a great spell for Jordan,” he exclusively told West Brom News.

“West Brom may have used that wage to bring someone else in like an attacking midfielder who could score goals, that would make sense.

“Obviously, if you do that and you can’t get someone in, then you run the risk of leaving yourselves short when the other boys get injured.”

Losing Dike for nearly 11 games will be a huge blow to the promotion charge at The Hawthorns this season.

Hugill now simply has to stay, and he will get chances to prove himself once again, after a dreadful season so far.

The striker has shined at this level before with Norwich and Queens Park Rangers, though, so there is hope yet.

It was shared by the Express and Star this morning that Norwich won’t be recalling Hugill, either way, so he needs to stand up and be counted at this moment.

The Baggies need someone right now, and it is time for Hugill to show everyone just why he was brought the club in the first place.

In other West Brom news, the Baggies are looking into a deadline-busting transfer after major Tuesday development

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