Steve Madeley: West Brom position switch behind Callum Robinson poor form
West Brom forward Callum Robinson is finding it difficult being played out of position, according to The Athletic journalist Steve Madeley.
The Republic of Ireland international started the season in impressive form, scoring in all of Albion’s opening three Championship matches.
However, he has not found the net in any of his 13 appearances since and has subsequently lost his guaranteed spot in the starting lineup.
Writing in his latest piece for The Athletic, Madeley claims that the “obvious issue” is Robinson being deployed on the right wing or as a centre forward, whereas his preferred position is on the left wing.
Madeley adds that the relationship between the 26-year-old and manager Valerien Ismael remains strong despite this problem, as the pair “get on well and the player is a fan of the Frenchman’s high-energy style”.
Meanwhile Robinson is said to “exude self-belief at Albion’s training ground”, undeterred by his goalscoring drought.
Robinson is clearly a talented player as his previous seasons in the Championship have shown and indeed his electric start to the current campaign.
He has also been in good form for the Republic of Ireland, scoring six goals – including a hattrick against Qatar – in his last four caps.
However, the majority of his most impressive performances have come on the left wing, where he is unlikely to feature for West Brom anytime soon as top scorer Karlan Grant has that position nailed down.
The Baggies can perhaps take encouragement from the fact that that hattrick against Qatar came with Robinson playing as a centre forward, albeit against lesser opposition.
Jordan Hugill’s loan move from Norwich City is yet to work out, meaning the number nine spot in Ismael’s team is up for grabs at least until January.
It presents Robinson with an opportunity to make his mark and rediscover his early season form.
In other West Brom news, Steve Madeley has named two players who are likely to leave the club in the near future.