DONCASTER ROVERS: Robert making up for lost time

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HIS idol is Brazilian legend Romario and other footballing heroes include Alessandro Del Piero, David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane.

And if Fabien Robert goes on to accumulate half of the trophies and success those decorated players have achieved in recent years, the Frenchman will have enjoyed a productive career.

It has taken the 23-year-old, who is on loan at Doncaster Rovers from Ligue 1 side Lorient until the end of the season, time to acclimatise to his new surroundings. Now, having settled into life in England, Robert is beginning to show his class.

Manager Dean Saunders handed the loanee his full Rovers debut at Crystal Palace following five substitute appearances. The skilful winger has regularly featured in the last month, culminating in him claiming the man of the match award in the Easter Monday clash with Burnley.

Defender James O’Connor told The Star: “Fabien is not the most experienced but he has got undoubted ability. If he keeps working hard and learning, then who knows where he could end up.

“I have only seen a few glimpses of him but he has done very well. He needs to keep on improving and I’m sure if he does that then he will do really well.”

Rovers host relegation rivals Portsmouth tomorrow.