I tweeted before the Sheffield United v Everton game this week that I had forgotten that Jack Robinson even played for us anymore.
That wasn’t a dig at Robinson. He’d simply been missing for so long and gone under the radar, that I’d written him off for the season. In hindsight, it was pretty ignorant of me and I was happy to see ‘Robbo’ ram it down my throat at Everton.
The former Nottingham Forest man returned to the starting XI out of nowhere. In all honesty, not many Sheffield United fans would say they’d expected to see Robinson back this season. Nor can any truly say they thought he’d be that much of a difference maker.
But like Aaron Ramsdale has proven so many of us – including me – wrong this season, Robinson stepped up effortlessly at Everton.
Yes, his assist for Daniel Jebbison made sure he caught the eye. But beyond that little dribble and flash across goal, Robinson put in an assured defensive performance.
Jack Robinson proves his Sheffield United worth
When Chris Wilder signed Robinson, he was never brought in to be a glamour signing. He was simply another body who could play a few positions and had the right attitude.
Robinson, much like his former Forest teammate Ben Osborn, seems to accept his role at the club. With a fit Jack O’Connell, he’ll be second choice. And that’s fine, it’s simply how a good squad player goes about his business.
Against Everton, though, Robinson showed that we needn’t worry for the time being if O’Connell takes that bit longer to come back. Of course, we miss ‘JoC’. His presence is massive and out of everyone, his loss has had the biggest impact of all this term.
Alongside Chris Basham and John Egan, Robinson produced the goods defensively. He completed six clearances, just one behind Egan. Further to that, he also completed the most passes of the back three, with the highest percentage (80.5) completed. (Stats from WhoScored)
As mentioned prior, it was also Robinson’s drive forward, burst into the box, and composure which got United the goal. In a nutshell, Robinson helped the Blades look like something close to last season.
In a weird way, it was like having a new signing. Yes, it was only one game. But ahead of a huge season next year, Jack Robinson showed everyone that he can be a valuable member of this Blades squad.