West Bromwich Albion outclassed their bitter rivals Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday. First half strikes from Jay Rodriguez and Hal Robson-Kanu secured a 2-0 victory for the Baggies.
Robson-Kanu came into Darren Moore’s starting XI in place of the suspended Dwight Gayle, and had a terrific impact. The 29-year-old Welshman produced a fine headed finish in the 41st minute to put the visitors ahead.
The 44-cap former Wales international also provided some great hold up play, and used his strength and physicality well, throughout the match.
The forward has had his critics at the Hawthorns, but he showed against the Villans that he has the quality to contribute positively for Moore’s side when called upon. With Gayle set to be suspended for Tuesday’s clash with QPR too, Robson-Kanu ought to retain his place in the starting XI if he’s fit to start.
After the game, plenty of West Brom fans took to Twitter to discuss Robson-Kanu’s display…
— Alfie b (@alfieb0601) 16 February 2019
He played really well and gives us a different option up top . Great flicked header for the goal
— Carl Burkitt (@baggyboy1878) 16 February 2019
In truth Kanu has been excellent last month – today, again very good. He’s earnt his place in the side and hope he’s fit for Tuesday
— Robert Johnson (@Baggeridgebaggy) 16 February 2019
Robson Kanu is at times a key player, really missed him in the second half…
— Andy Caulton (@AndyfromNewHamp) 16 February 2019
We got kanu robson kanu i just dont think you understand, we got him on a free we gonna win the league we got robson kanu #wba
— tom paul (@baggpomp) 16 February 2019
Gets so much flak & critism, unfairly much of the time. Could score a hat-trick and still wouldn’t shut the boo boys up.
— Matt Merrick (@Mev7Merrick) 16 February 2019
The best welsh player in the world.
— Andy Leeman (@AndyLeeman91) 16 February 2019
If we end up winning this nobody can ever say a bad word about him again!!!
— David Gwynn (@David_Gwynn11) 16 February 2019