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Callum Robinson’s anonymous West Brom display will have Sam Allardyce seething

West Brom forward Callum Robinson endured another anonymous showing and this time, it may have been one too many as Man City thrashed Albion at the Hawthorns on Tuesday night.

It was always going to be a difficult night for Sam Allardyce and his side but their chances of surviving in the Premier League look very slim based on that showing alone.

The Baggies have now leaked 12 more goals than any other top-flight side and this was once again another home game where they failed to score themselves.

This was largely in part to Robinson playing upfront despite the return of Karlan Grant from injury.

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Indeed, the 25-year-old Irishman’s performance would have surely had Big Sam absolutely seething.

The Albion boss locked his players in the changing room for nearly an hour post-game, delivering some home truths and the fact that Robinson was hooked at half-time is unlikely to have done him any favours.

In 45 minutes of action, the £7.2m-rated attacker touched the ball only 12 times, of which five were passes at an accuracy of 63% – only three other starters had a worse success rate, per SofaScore.

Not that it would’ve made too much difference given how the game panned, but Robinson wasted a golden opportunity to break that duck early in the first half when he fired wide in an attempt that really should have, at least, been on target.

The anonymous Robinson struggled against City’s imperious backline as Pep Guardiola’s side were romping their way to an 11th straight victory, the former Sheffield United ace failed to win a single duel against Ruben Dias and John Stones.

That only goes to show how lightweight and ineffective he was with the little possession he had. It was vital for him to make the most of his chance to shine, and put simply, Robinson was far from good enough.

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He did not feature in the previous encounter between these two sides, back with Slaven Bilic at the helm when Albion managed to pick up a draw at the Etihad and in hindsight, maybe he shouldn’t have been picked in the reverse tie.

Performances like that from Robinson will likely only push Allardyce closer to boiling point as he needs to see much better from his attackers. Perhaps he ought to reconsider the £42.5k-per-week disaster’s place in the starting XI going into the crunch match with Fulham on Saturday.

The 15-cap failure hasn’t scored or assisted since bagging a brace in September. That is simply not good enough to warrant a regular place.

AND in other news, Forget Gayle: Big Sam could revive West Brom’s survival bid by signing £10m “handful”

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