Sheffield United forward, Callum Robinson, has revealed how his best friend, Jack Grealish, tried to convince him to join Aston Villa over the Blades.
Robinson moved to Bramall Lane in the summer in a deal worth around £7m to Preston North End. After hitting double figures for Alex Neil’s men, Chris Wilder swooped to make Robinson one of his first summer signings.
Things haven’t gone to plan for Robinson in S2, however. Indeed, a loan move to West Brom was agreed in January. Robinson has gotten off to a fine start for the Baggies, too, with Slaven Bilic being impressed with his new addition.
However, Robinson has revealed how he could have already been playing in the Midlands, had Jack Grealish gotten his way in the summer.
“We are best friends. He tried to give me a call to say ‘come to Villa’,” Robinson said. (Express and Star)
“He is obviously a great footballer. I’m really happy for him at how it’s gone this season. He deserves an England call-up in March.”
Robinson was a youngster at Villa Park but failed to make the grade. A move to Preston proved to be the making of him, however, as he flourished under Alex Neil.
And despite joining Villa’s Midlands rivals, Robinson insists Villa can stay up, on one condition.
“If Jack stays fit, they’ve always got a chance of winning games. He’s always involved in goals, I think they’ve got enough,” Robinson added.
A nod to the powers of Chris Wilder
Given that Robinson came through at Villa and is best buds with Grealish, it shows just how convincing Chris Wilder can be.
Of course, we don’t know if Villa would have even been interested in Robinson. At £7m, he wasn’t cheap and Villa were already in the midst of a summer spending spree when he penned his deal with United.
It’s nice to see Callum Robinson doing well at the Hawthorns, though. As for Grealish, he’s not every Blades fan’s cup of tea. There’ll be plenty of Unitedites who are hoping Robinson’s prediction of Villa safety is incorrect.