Exclusive: Kevin Phillips delivers verdict on if West Brom should sign Robinson permanently
We’re delighted to welcome former West Brom striker Kevin Phillips as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at The Hawthorns…
Kevin Phillips has suggested that Callum Robinson could do a job for West Brom in the Premier League if they manage to win promotion from the Championship.
After going up last season, Sheffield United signed Robinson from Preston North End but the 25-year-old winger struggled at Bramall Lane and started just nine league games before being loaned out to Albion in January.
Since joining the Baggies and returning to the Championship, Robinson has been in excellent form by scoring two goals in eight appearances to help Slaven Bilic’s side get their promotion bid back on track.
Although there is a lot of doubt surrounding where West Brom and their promotion bid stand due to the current suspension of elite-level football in England, ex-Baggies striker Phillips has discussed whether Robinson should be signed permanently if Bilic’s side does go up.
Phillips admits that Robinson struggled at Sheffield United but a run of games with West Brom could spark some belief into the winger.
“One of my best friends is a Sheffield United supporter and he said he’s been disappointed with what he’s seen but we’ve seen it loads of times with world-class players and how they take time to settle into the Premier League,” Phillips told West Brom News.
“The best thing Robinson’s done for his future is to go out on loan, play football regularly and get his confidence back.
“If you take your loan team up to the Premier League and stay there, you’re going into the Premier League full of confidence and he’ll believe he can [perform in the Premier League].
“Some players need a run and Chris Wilder pretty much picks the same thing week-in, week-out.
“Only time will tell but I think he needs a run of games in the Premier League.”
Phillips makes a very good point because it is not as if Robinson has had much of a chance to impress at Sheffield United since joining them from Preston in the summer.
Plus, Robinson would be going up in a team that he is playing well in, where he knows his team-mates, where he knows the manager and where he knows the tactics.
It would be unfair to say that ‘because Robinson struggled in the Premier League with the Blades, it means it would be the same for the Baggies’.
However it is simply going to be a case of waiting and seeing because we have witnessed how effective the ex-Preston attacker can be for Bilic.