Every week we’ll be asking West Brom fans on our Facebook account for questions that will be answered by editor Danny Wright. You can join in by following the West Brom News Facebook account and watching out for weekly mailbag posts.
Every West Brom fan has an opinion about Hal Robson-Kanu.
When the Baggies signed the Wales international for free on transfer deadline day in August 2016, the atmosphere on Twitter really wasn’t that great.
Albion fans knew what the club was getting – a striker that couldn’t score. And almost five years later, 150 appearances and 22 goals, those concerns were proven to be right.
That’s not to say that HRK hasn’t had his moments. He was key in our successful promotion bid last season, hitting the dizzying heights of 10 goals in a single league campaign. He’s also scored a few stunners too.
We asked West Brom fans for their questions for this week’s mailbag with West Brom News editor Danny Wright and Robson-Kanu is someone who was mentioned.
No one can say for sure what goes on behind the scenes at West Brom’s training ground but it’s safe to say that Sam Allardyce has a better idea than all fans put together. To answer why Robson-Kanu is in Big Sam’s matchday squad so often is simple – the manager likes him.
When you think of Allardyce strikers, you think of hard-workers who are good at holding the ball up and HRK kind of does that. Last season, he linked up superbly with Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana in the Championship and was used more often than Charlie Austin, a more proven source of goals at that level.
Allardyce inherited a squad in December that wasn’t cut out for the Premier League. Slaven Bilic and Luke Dowling wasted resources on Karlan Grant, someone who’s done well in the Championship and was barely tested in the top-flight. Mbaye Diagne’s arrival in January was expected, a big striker who’s good in the air and can hold the ball up a lot better than Grant.
Even though he misses a lot of chances and is offside more than he’s on, Diagne is Albion’s best striker. But who are the second and third best? Callum Robinson offers something different to Diagne and has shown in recent weeks that he’s capable of performing well in the Premier League. Robson-Kanu would arguably be third or fourth choice but he’s definitely second-best when it comes to strikers in the mould of Diagne.
Whether you like Robson-Kanu or not, the Welshman does look set to exit The Hawthorns once and for all in the summer. The Sunday People reported in their print edition at the weekend that he’s going to be on his way out of the Black Country club when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Only Matt Phillips has been at West Brom longer than Robson-Kanu but the curtain is starting to close on one of the club’s longest-serving players right now.
In other West Brom news, Kevin Phillips has said whether Matheus Pereira will join Wolves.