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Robinson Looking For More


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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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 21 2014

Time: 9:18PM

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Should be young Callum and Holt up front against Swansea, with Albie supplying the crosses..... but it won't be.....
Pride of Lions
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21/04/2014 21:34:00

19 is a baby and years off being a professional... Unless you're luke shaw, raheem sterling, berahino... Somewhat baffling to me to be honest.
derryvillain
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21/04/2014 21:44:00

And Gareth Barry, Gordon Cowans, Brian Little, and all Man Utd's one -time kids. Statements re babies are ridiculous. A mix of youth and experience, with the emphasis on quality not age is what everyone wants. Whether Robinson has got it remains to be seen, but can Lambert or anyone explain to me what there is to lose by starting him or at least giving him 45 mins v Swansea and Hull? If he fails, so what. The players up front have been failing all season, and playing him can only either improve the team or make it no worse. The injection of change on its own give me confidence it would be a very positive and obvious thing to do, and a baffling and frustrating thing not to do. What has happened to our willingness to give youth a go - it's a no lose situation with Robinson.
stennyvilla
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21/04/2014 22:19:00

Think its illegal to discriminate on the basis of age. Can't see the lad being any worse than Weiman or Gabby. Not sure what most guys would think if your boss called you a baby because you were a few years younger than the rest of the work force.
RiF
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21/04/2014 22:30:00

Holt looking after Robinson as the front pair - what have we got to lose vs what we can gain?
crimsondonkey
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21/04/2014 23:26:00

It's no good you lot coming up with sensible ideas,know your place! He's a baby,a euro u21 champs are not good enough and we will play hoof ball as this attractive football I talk about was just to get the fans excited! No point in changing a trend that has served this club for three years! Still think Houllier would of been good for us if his health held up but that's just me!
brisbane lion
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22/04/2014 02:52:00

Agree with others, at other clubs young players come in and do really well , we have one of the best academies but over the years (many) a great young Villa player never seems to break through…. surely this needs to be looked at. Same apples for the 1st team, Lowton brilliant last season can't make it in the team this… where is the motivation and progress within the four walls of Villa Park !!!
Eddy1
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22/04/2014 04:53:00

This is where Sid comes in fellas....more youth to come I reckon!
YatesyVillan
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22/04/2014 05:24:00

Gabby and Weimann have scored 6 between them all season out of a combined 50+ games? I reckon Sid and Shay could put themselves up front and do better than that!
mefromhere
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22/04/2014 10:32:00

Had a shock when I opened Vital Villa on my phone and thought the article said "Robinson Looking For Move"! Though agreed with above, he can't do any worse than Gabby and Weimann's recent form, plus the experience would help him ahead of next season.
VillaHippo
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22/04/2014 12:32:00

Absolutely agree not only do we need someone who can score but I also think that he will be given a chance against Swansea for at least half the game. Then the full game against Hull. Promotion of Sid is more than just about filling boots IMO.
villa@herts
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23/04/2014 08:40:00

Yep stick him up front with Holt , Holt can batter them and allow Callum to score . The alternative ie more of Gabby and Weimann will see us go down
Villan57
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23/04/2014 19:01:00

 

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