West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce has praised Baggies forward Callum Robinson for the way he’s taken his opportunity in recent games.
The 24-year-old was an unused substitute for seven consecutive Premier League games prior to the meeting with Chelsea at the start of April.
Allardyce brought Robinson off the bench and was rewarded with two great goals en route to a superb 5-2 victory over Thomas Tuchel’s side.
The Republic of Ireland international was then named in the starting XI against Southampton and made it three goals in two games with his third in the 3-0 win.
Allardyce says he’s been impressed with impact the forward has had in those two games and has challenged Callum to keep scoring goals from now until the end of the campaign.
“I’ve got to give Callum Robinson a lot of praise,” the Albion boss told the club media team. “He’s had a long wait to get in the side.
“He looked a little short of confidence when I came here. He was having a run where he wasn’t getting chances and wasn’t scoring goals. All of a sudden when he’s got the opportunity he has taken it.
“He took his opportunity at Chelsea by scoring those great goals and then he also took another opportunity against Southampton. That third goal he scored was really needed because it killed them off.
“We’ve found a goalscorer in him at the moment, but he’s got to continue now and keep scoring goals. The more goalscorers we have on the pitch, the better chance we have of winning games.
“Callum played a massive part in both of our recent wins and I’m really pleased for him. He’s been patient. He’s kept himself fit enough to go out and impress when he’s had an opportunity.”
West Brom may have had their struggles this season and remain deep in relegation trouble, but two superb wins in a row, with eight scored along the way, have provided a huge confidence boost.
It’s great to hear how Robinson is now looking much better in terms of confidence, and hopefully he’ll continue repaying Allardyce with goals – perhaps the ones to help the club stay up?