One To Watch: Callum Robinson

Callum Robinson made his 150th appearance for North End in a 1-0 win against Bristol City last time out.

This comes after he made his first Preston appearance over four years ago in his first loan spell from Aston Villa, who he eventually left on a permanent deal to join North End.

He reaches this club landmark at the age of just 23.

The Republic Of Ireland international had been on loan with PNE twice before a four month spell against last Saturday’s opponents, where he got his 36th goal for the Lilywhites and was keen to silence the home fans who seemed to remember him for his less than successful loan spell in Bristol.

This season has been by far the best spell for Robinson at the club, with his ability to score and create goals on a consistent basis showing a clear improvement on previous seasons.

Speaking after the Bristol City win, he said:

“I think 150 games for any club is a good achievement and to do it so young makes me really happy.

“The fans have been very patient with me, they have had to wait for me to grow as a player.

“Slowly I’m getting there to the stage of performing really consistently for the team.”

He already has nine goals in all competitions for the 2018/19 campaign, which is more than he managed in the entirety of last season.

On top of that, he has made three assists for his teammates.

This year, he was selected for the Republic Of Ireland squad for the first time, he has already played five games, his last one being against Northern Ireland, whilst he may also feature against Denmark before returning to action for the Lilywhites against Blackburn.

The challenge for Robinson now will be to keep up this kind of form until the end of the season, which will not be an easy task.

If he does this, he will surely attract attention from outside of Preston, but Alex Neil will be desperate to ensure he stays at Deepdale, where he is improving and getting regular first team action.

The forward currently has a deal until the summer of 2020.

@Adam_Thomason_

@The92Blog

Picture Credit: Preston North End

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