Callum Robinson had been anonymous in West Bromwich Albion’s first match back in the Premier League, as they lost 3-0 to Leicester City.
It was pretty much the same scenario during the 5-2 loss against Everton, in which he failed to make much of an impact on the day’s proceedings once again.
This surely led to questions around whether he could be clinical enough to lead the Baggies line in the Premier League – he answered any doubts emphatically during the 3-3 draw against Chelsea.
When the Republic of Ireland international received the ball from Matheus Pereira, just four minutes into the game, he had Reece James, N’Golo Kante and Andreas Christensen for company. However, he was able to fire off a strike into the bottom corner from a tough angle.
Then, he managed to add a second after pouncing on Thiago Silva’s poor touch, driving to the edge of the box and shooting past Willy Caballero.
True, he was helped by two Chelsea mistakes, but Robinson had two opportunities and scored two well-taken goals. That is the very definition of a striker being clinical – he only had three shots in the entire game.
There was the same isolation as the aforementioned matches, as he only attempted eight passes in his 66 minutes on the pitch, completing four, while making no key passes.
However, he showed the ability to make something out of very little, which is exactly what West Brom need from him, especially if Slaven Bilic continues using the 5-4-1 formation he has opted for so far this term.