Aaron Connolly opened his senior account for Albion last night – as Jurgen Locadia seemed to be heading for the exit.

Connolly struck 55 minutes into his full debut in a Carabao Cup second round tie at Bristol Rovers.

Locadia had travelled to the Memorial Ground with the Albion squad.

But he ultimately watched the 2-1 win from the stand as the possibility of a loan move to Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim moved closer.

Connolly’s opportunist angled finish from close range pushed his claims for Premier League involvement with Florin Andone currently suspended.

Tom Nichols levelled for the League One side but skipper for the night Glenn Murray won it in added time after great work by Steven Alzate Murray played the full 90 minutes while fellow frontrunner Neal Maupay was among the players rested ahead of Saturday’s trip to Manchester City as Graham Potter changed his entire starting XI.

Graham Potter said after the match he had “nothing to report” about Locadia’s possible move.

He added: “I was really pleased with the effort.”