Championship boss hails 'massive' impact of Sheffield United loanee on Premier League promotion bid

Slaven Bilic has hailed the impact of Sheffield United's loan striker Callum Robinson as "massive" for West Bromwich Albion's hopes of promotion to the Premier League.

Friday, 14th February 2020, 5:11 pm
Updated Friday, 14th February 2020, 5:30 pm
West Bromwich Albion's Callum Robinson (left) has a shot on goal under pressure from Reading's Liam Moore: David Davies/PA Wire.

The former Preston youngster joined United in the summer but was allowed to leave Bramall Lane on a temporary basis in January, to aid his development.

A number of clubs were interested in his services before Robinson arrived at The Hawthorns and linked up with Bilic.

Robinson has helped the Baggies overcome a mini-slump with three wins in their last three league games, and when asked about the impact of the striker, Bilic replied: "Massive.

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"He’s a direct player, he’s a winger, but he’s a winger that is always in the box, that’s what you want.

"He’s a big asset for us."

Albion attempted to sign Robinson before United came in.

"He knows the league, he knows the players," added Bilic.

"He played in this league last season. That’s why we wanted to get him, Kamil Grosicki and Lee Peltier, because in January you don’t have a pre-season.

"You have three days, or one week, and then a game. You want the players ready, so they don’t say ‘Hello my name is Callum, what’s your name?’ – they know each other.

"They only had to put the shirt on, we had to explain to them a bit of tactics, and that’s it. That’s why we got them, those players who don’t need time to adjust to the league, the weather, the criteria of the referee. They’re good players."