Nottingham Forest were linked with a plethora of strikers during the summer, with Jordan Hugill one of them.
Ultimately, the Reds opted not to sign a talisman. The club did land Xande Silva, although he was never viewed as genuine competition for Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor.
Hugill has been around the block in the Championship. He lists Preston, QPR and Norwich as his former clubs and has always looked like a capable player.
Football Insider claimed that Forest wanted to sign the 29-year-old on loan during the summer.
As with many other players though, the Reds missed out. Hugill eventually signed on loan for West Bromwich Albion for the 2021/22 campaign.
It’s early stages of the season but Forest might not be looking back at this failed deal with too much regret.
The former West Ham talisman hasn’t really got going at The Hawthorns just yet, failing to score in seven outings.
Admittedly Hugill has only started three games, with his other appearances coming from the bench.
He not quite had the desired effect just yet though having probably been signed to provide Valerian Ismael with a different option.
Hugill has scored a modest 46 goals from 214 Championship games during his career and West Brom will hope he can start firing soon.
Lucky escape: Forest didn’t need Hugill after all
Another option in the attack certainly wouldn’t go amiss. Grabban and Taylor are both very similar and as a result, Hugill’s presence would have been ideal.
Typically clubs will want loan players to have an impact in the short-term though. Hugill won’t have come chape to the Baggies and right now he’s something of a passenger.
With Grabban playing well and scoring goals there’s no saying that Hugill would have got game time at Forest either.
With that in mind, and looking at Hugill’s form, it seems as though Forest enjoyed a lucky escape over the 29-year-old.