Norwich City loans manager Andrew Hughes says Jordan Hugill will not be recalled from West Brom and the striker is happy to fight for his place there having joined the Baggies on a season-long loan last summer. He has however scored just one goal in 20 appearances to date.
It looked like he was surplus to requirements when the Championship side signed Daryl Dike for £7m earlier this month but the American international has been ruled out for two months with a hamstring injury.
This could either give Hugill a potential second chance at The Hawthorns or West Brom may look to sign a striker on loan before the transfer window shuts on January 31.
Either way, Hughes, says the Norwich loanee is not a quitter.
“I’d be lying if I sat here and said he’s over the moon, let’s not kid ourselves. Jordan is 29 years of age, he wants to play and he wants to score goals," he said, via the Eastern Daily Press.
“He’s scored one goal, so he’s not scored enough, so there is an argument of whether we could recall him. Well, we’re not going to recall a striker that’s not in form.
“He knows that, he’s not stupid, he’s been around the game – but I will say is that he’s an absolutely top professional and he can’t do any more to look after himself on and off the pitch physically to be ready.
“I can’t control the West Brom manager’s decisions, he’s doing what he feels is best for the club and what is best to get West Brom promoted."
Hugill, who is also behind Karlan Grant and Callum Robinson in the forward pecking order at West Brom, played 34 times for Norwich last season as they earned promotion to the Premier League.
But he only scored four goals last term and was not part of their top-flight plans this term. However, Hughes applauded the grit and determination he possesses within him.
He continued: “Jordan is not getting the minutes. He is an asset to us and we do care about him but I think it’s just a waiting game in terms of his agent and West Brom to see what comes.
“But if Jordan has to stay there and fight for his place, he’s more than up for that. He’s a really strong character but he just wants to do as well as he can, to impress Dean Smith, which I think is fabulous.
“He wants to do as well as he can to get back and do well for Norwich, so in that respect, I take my hat off and applaud him, his attitude is top drawer."