Young striker Callum Robinson has said he’s hoping to build on his Premiership debut this season with a few more outings before we bring the curtain down on what we all hope is another successful relegation battle.
Speaking to the Official Site following his substitute league bow, the 19 year old said that the reception he received from the fans did help settle his nerves on the day, but now he’s got a taste for it, he wants to build on it and show everyone what he can do.
‘It was good to get on the pitch after being on the bench five or six times. The fans gave me a good reception and it meant a lot to me.’
Robinson goes on to say that having been at the club since he was eight years old, to make his league bow for us is a very big thing for him indeed, but now obviously he hopes it’s the first of many, and whilst he accepts he’s a way off a starting debut yet, and he probably doesn’t expect that to come this season, if he can notch up another few substitute appearances – following on from his club debut last September against Spurs in the Capital One Cup – he’ll be more than happy with his progress this campaign.
‘I want more of it now. It has given me more confidence. The gaffer gave me confidence when he had words in my ear just before I went on, then when the fans reacted like that, it was big for me.’
Manager Paul Lambert has said himself that he had no concerns in throwing Robinson on for his bow, because he believes he has the mental strength to make it at this level – although obviously he still has development to do – and he knows what he’s capable of from his under 21 performances this season.
‘Callum is only a baby. He’s been doing really well for the reserves. He’s got years to go before he can be classed as an established professional footballer, but he’s on the right ladder. He’s been doing great and he deserved his chance.’
Lambert goes on to say that whilst as a player he is ‘miles away’ from being the finished article yet, which is obvious given his lack of game time and lack of a loan spell out (despite his age of 19, it remains something we still must address in terms of development of younger players), Lambert knew that mentally he was ready and was more likely to play without fear as opposed to be too in awe of the situation, given what the game meant for our league status.
Hopefully plenty more to come from him in the future, and a good loan spell now he’s had a taste will hopefully bring him on further.
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