Carlton Palmer has exclusively told Football FanCast that it would be unfair to pin West Brom’s relegation on Callum Robinson.
Robinson joined permanently last summer following a successful loan spell in the Baggies’ promotion winning campaign 12 months ago.
The striker scored three times in 16 Championship appearances to help West Brom make an instant return, but has struggled to cope with the step up in quality this time around.
Robinson has netted in just three games this season, although that does include two braces against Chelsea.
Only Matheus Pereira (11) has scored more than the Republic of Ireland international, but his five goals in 27 Premier League outings weren’t enough to save Sam Allardyce from suffering a first ever relegation as a manager, which was confirmed following their defeat at Arsenal on Sunday.
But whilst Robinson was signed for a seven-figure fee believed to be around £4.95m, Palmer doesn’t think he should take more of the blame than his teammates.
Asked whether he had potentially let West Brom down, he told Football FanCast:
“When you get relegated, there’s a reason why you get relegated.
“There’s a reason why it’s called a team – it’s not one person’s fault. To blame it on one player is unfair.
“Some players when the team is not going well, struggle to find their best. I think that’s a bit unfair criticism.”