West Brom rescued a point at home Middlesbrough on Saturday after Grady Diangana found an equaliser in the second half after Josh Coburn had put the visitors ahead.
One Baggies player who featured in the 1-1 draw but failed to have much of an impact was Jordan Hugill, who replaced Callum Robinson at the start of the second half.
During his time on the pitch, the 29-year-old had just 22 touches of the ball, 12 fewer than Baggies goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, completed only seven passes, had just one shot at goal which was off target, won just one of his eight duels and lost possession nine times. He ultimately earned a fairly uninspiring overall match rating of 6.3/10, making him the lowest-rated West Brom player on the day according to SofaScore.
This shows that Ismael’s gamble to see if Hugill – who had a loan spell at Middlesbrough in the 2018/19 season – could have secured a win didn’t pay off, as the striker let his manager down somewhat by his lack of impact on this occasion.
Since joining the Baggies in late August on a season-long loan from Norwich City, the 29-year-old – who is currently valued at £1.8m according to Transfermarkt – has made 13 appearances for West Brom in the Championship. He has started five of those but has only managed to score one goal, which suggests that although he’s getting regular minutes under his belt at The Hawthorns, he hasn’t had much impact in front of goal, much like his performance against Middlesbrough.
If Ismael is going to keep giving Hugill opportunities and the striker isn’t able to produce the goods, then West Brom should have no thoughts of potentially signing him on a permanent basis when his loan deal expires at the end of the season, especially if they win promotion to the Premier League by the end of it.