City striker seals Swindon loan move; Hugill injury boost
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Norwich City striker Tyrese Omotoye will spend the rest of the season on loan at League One Swindon Town.
The teenage frontman made his fourth senior appearance on Saturday, when he replaced the injured Jordan Hugill in the second half of the Canaries' 1-0 FA Cup fourth round exit at Barnsley.
Hugill looks set to be sidelined this weekend with a hamstring problem, but Robins' assistant boss Tommy Wright indicated earlier on Monday Hugill's injury is not serious, which is why City have sanctioned a loan exit for Omotoye.
Teemu Pukki and Adam Idah are both expected to be in contention for Middlesbrough's Saturday lunchtime visit to Carrow Road.
US international Sebastian Soto is poised to remain with the Canaries for the rest of the campaign once the club successfully complete a work permit application.
Farke has yet to work with the Californian frontman, who was recalled from a loan spell at Dutch club SC Telstar recently.
Omotoye's prolific spell at development level saw him sign a new contract keeping him at Carrow Road until 2024 over the festive period.
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He's been on the bench for all of the Canaries' last 14 matches, after impressing at under-23 level earlier in the season, scoring seven goals in 12 games - including a hat-trick during an eye-catching 5-0 thrashing of League Two side Newport County in the Football League Trophy.
The Robins were promoted from League Two last season but sit-second-from-bottom.
John Sheridan's side drew 2-2 at promotion-chasing Charlton on Saturday, with former Norwich academy forward Diallang Jaiyesimi setting up the second goal, having been on loan at the County Ground last season and joined permanently after being released by Norwich.
Wright, quoted by the Swindon Advertiser, admitted they were concerned Hugill's injury would scupper their long-held interest in Omotoye.
"He’s one we’ve had our eye on for a bit. He’s young, he’s done well in the EFL Trophy where he score a lot of goals against Newport," he said. "He’s aggressive, he’s athletic, he’s got a bit of pace up front – which we needed.
“It’s his first loan, so you’ve got to be careful you don’t expect too much of him, but hopefully he can come in here and make a difference.
“Jordan Hugill got an injury in Norwich’s FA Cup tie and Tyrese came on for him, but it’s not a bad injury to Jordan Hugill, that’s why Tyrese was allowed to come to us.”
Subject to clearance, Omotoye could make his Swindon debut in Tuesday's League One home game against Plymouth.