Sam Allardyce has urged Callum Robinson to replicate his performance versus Chelsea to earn a regular spot in the West Brom starting XI.

Robinson, 26, produced a dazzling display at Stamford Bridge after coming on as a first-half substitute, scoring twice in the second period to seal a sensational 5-2 win for the away side.

His performance drew praise from the media with Henry Winter of The Times calling his first goal a “glorious finish” while Alan Shearer labelled it “impressive” [Premier League website].

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It was the Republic of Ireland international’s first Albion outing since February 2 and Baggies boss Allardyce warned him he can’t rest on his laurels now, as reported on the Express and Star website.

“Let’s hope he can keep it up because we need finishers to convert the chances we are creating if we are to stand any chance of getting even closer to safety,” he said.

“It has to carry on. It can’t stop. It has to carry on.”

He added: “But what we saw at Chelsea was what we haven’t been since we’ve been here.

“That’s the quality of his finishing. If he can maintain the quality of finishing he maintains a place in the team, there’s no doubt about that.”

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Earned his spot

Big Sam can not be considering keeping Robinson on the bench against Southampton on Monday.

With only eight games remaining in our quest to achieve the unthinkable and attain our Premier League status we need to keep up the momentum and go for glory.

That means attacking from the front and Robinson is surely a shoo-in to take his place in the Albion attack alongside Mbaye Diagne and Matheus Pereira.

Hopefully he carries on where he left off against Chelsea but we would implore Big Sam not to drop him at the first sign of trouble.

Robinson is naturally still rusty given his lack of minutes in 2021 and the burden of responsibility should not be thrusted upon his shoulders.

It may be that he is unable to replicate his high-level performance against the Saints but he deserves a regular run in the starting XI for future fixtures regardless.

In other West Brom news, Chris Lepkowski claims Albion have missed out on ‘Ideal’ boardroom figure.

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