Birmingham fans certainly have no doubts about the ability of Robert Hall.
The West Ham youngster spent a good chunk of the current campaign at St Andrews after securing a loan deal in November.
The move came after Hall was noted banging in the goals for West Ham’s development squad in the early stages of the season.
Hall made his debut for the Championship side against Derby County just days after signing.
The forward was given the last half an hour to impress and it didn’t take long for him to snap up the chance.
Hall went on a pacy rampage through countless defenders, only to be tipped up by a defender in the box.
It earned the Blues’ a penalty which Marlon King tucked away nicely, although it wasn’t enough to stop them crashing to a 3-2 defeat.
It was a debut that had manager Clark genuinely excited, and the former Huddersfield boss even mentioned in his post game interviews that Hall almost made the first team due to how well he looked in training.
“I really enjoyed his performance. I saw it on Friday for a short spell in training. He forced me into having a think whether I should start with him.”
“The only reason I didn’t was because he’d spent so little time with us.”
“He probably thought at half-time ‘there’s a good chance I can make this team better.”
“He came on and was excellent. He played with purpose, put in good crosses, attempts at goal, driving at defenders, committing them, winning the penalty.” Clark told the Birmingham Mail.
Hall went on to become a firm favourite with the fans thanks to a string of exciting performances and assist, including setting up both goals in the 2-1 defeat over Barnsley in December.
Hall also excited the fans with link up play from another West Ham loanee.
Former Manchester United midfielder looks to have put the majority of his demons aside and looks to be enjoying his football again, in particular with Hall and fellow rising star Nathan Redmond who has risen through the ranks of the Birmingham academy.
With three such exciting attacking players it’s hard to see why Birmingham haven’t been able to successfully push for a promotion play-off place this season.
One thing is for sure, it’s not down to the amount of hard work and effort that Rob Hall has put in over the campaign.
And the youngster will hope that his hard work and effort has caught the attentions of West Ham gaffer Sam Allardyce as he starts to think over his plans ahead of the new season.
Hall has already made first team appearances for the Hammers’ but will be looking to become a first team regular sooner rather than later.
If Hall and Morrison could replicate their Birmingham play at Premier League level then the Hammers’ fans should be very excited for the future.
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