Forget Grady: Val must ruthlessly axe "intelligent" £18k-p/w WBA dud, he's a liability - opinion

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After managing to win just one of their five Championship games in November, West Brom will undoubtedly be hoping to get their December off to a good start by securing a win in their next league game against Coventry City at the weekend.

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In terms of which players Baggies boss Valerien Ismael could select in his starting XI to take on Coventry after securing two consecutive 0-0 draws against Blackpool and Nottingham Forest, one figure that started in the game against Forest that should not be in the team at the weekend is £18k-per-week Callum Robinson.

Before being replaced by Adam Reach in the 72nd minute against Forest, Robinson failed to have a big impact from an attacking point of view.

During his time on the pitch, Robinson only managed to have 32 touches of the ball, fewer than Baggies goalkeeper Sam Johnstone (37).

Robinson also only tested the Forest goalkeeper on one occasion and failed to complete any of the two dribbles he attempted, losing possession 13 times.

Previously labelled as an “intelligent” player by Baggies journalist Steve Madeley, Robinson had very little impact off the ball as well against Forest by losing 11 of the 14 duels he was involved in and getting dribbled past twice.

This performance earned Robinson a rather uninspiring overall match rating of 6.5/10, making him the lowest-rated West Brom player that started the game according to SofaScore, even lower than Grady Diangana who racked up very similar statistics to Robinson in the same match.

Also, with the Birmingham Mail claiming that Robinson “looked lost in the centre forward position” against Forest, this suggests that he was a passenger for the Baggies on this occasion.

Combine that with the fact that Robinson hasn’t managed to score a league goal since West Brom’s 4-0 win over Sheffield United back in August, it’s safe to say that the forward is becoming a bit of a liability for the team and is scuppering their chances of securing promotion back to the Premier League.

With the Coventry match on the horizon, it could be Ismael’s best option to drop him altogether or perhaps use him in a different role this time out to see if he can get his season back on track and push the team on.

In other news: “Industrious” WBA monster with 12 key passes was Ismael’s shining light in November – opinion

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