Blades boss, Chris Wilder, has insisted that Callum Robinson will be a future Sheffield United player, despite allowing him to leave on loan.
Robinson made the move to West Brom this week. Having scored just twice in all competitions this season, Robinson has made the jump back to the Championship to try and help the Baggies win promotion.
The 24-year-old only arrived at Bramall Lane in the summer. At the time, he was a club-record signing, with a reported fee in the region of £7m being paid by the Blades.
But despite sending Robinson to The Hawthorns, Wilder says he very much sees Robinson as part of his future plans.
“Absolutely, 100%,” Wilder said when asked if Robinson was part of his plans.
“You know, he started the season in great fashion. You’ve got to expect these young players, you can’t put too much pressure on them and ask too much. I’ve spoken to Callum about it.
“All the time, you’re looking at the development of players. It’s a good move for the club, a good move for Callum. I see no downside in this one at all”.
Having signed from Preston, Robinson is well accustomed to Championship life. He scored 12 times last season for Alex Neil’s men and he’ll be hoping to get back among the goals in the coming months.
A smart move all around
Chris Wilder knows what he is doing. There’s been no fall-out, no admittance of failure in the market. This, on the surface, just looks a case of getting some game time for a player who isn’t getting it at the moment.
In terms of Championship clubs to pick from, they don’t come much bigger or better than West Brom either. They’re sitting in the top two and have an experienced and talented manager in Slaven Bilic.
It really is win-win for the Blades. If Robinson doesn’t play much he comes back in the summer for another pre-season.
If, on the other hand, he does extremely well and rockets Albion to promotion, then they might just fancy stumping up a big chunk of cash to take him off the Blades’ hands.
We’ve seen Wilder move players on before. Therefore, it can’t be counted against the same thing happening with Robinson come the summer.