Arguably West Brom’s best signing over the summer saw Mowatt arrive from Barnsley, with the opportunity to work with his former manager Valerien Ismael too good to turn down, and considering he arrived on a free transfer, his three goals and one assist to date have certainly proved very impressive and endeared him to the West Brom fans.
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The only loss that the Baggies have experienced in the Championship under Ismael was their last fixture against Stoke City and that also coincided with Mowatt being forced off early with an injury that the Baggies are still yet to learn the extent of.
Masi explained what he currently knows about the injury Mowatt is nursing.
“So I asked today, I’m told that they’re still waiting to discover the extent of the injury. I’ve asked a couple of times during the international break, no one wants to know more than me, simply because I’m struggling for stories, so it’d be great to get an update on Mowatt.
“Ismael, we think is holding his press conference for Blues on Thursday, so hopefully, we get an answer before then, but if not, it’s probably going to be Thursday when we find out the latest.”
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The former Barnsley midfielder is someone who Ismael clearly trusts and believes that can make his system work to its best form having worked closely with him at two clubs, and with his likely replacement being Jayson Molumby, who is just 22 years old and has only featured twice since arriving on loan, Ismael may not fully trust him to carry out the same role to the level Mowatt does.
If the Baggies were going to taste defeat, having it come just before the international break may have been perfect as their players will have been able to rest up and Ismael could have spent some much-needed time on the training pitch with his players, which is something he won’t get much of during the season given there are two fixtures a week in England’s second tier a lot of the time, so that requires frequent recovery sessions.