Robbo coy on Kirkland
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bryan Robson remains coy about whether he will bid for Chris Kirkland permanently.Bryan Robson has refused to be drawn on whether West Brom will mount a permanent bid for Chris Kirkland's services in January.
The Liverpool goalkeeper has excelled since arriving at The Hawthorns in the summer on a season-long loan deal.
A series of match winning performances have seen him win back his place in Sven Goran Eriksson's England squad and talk has been that The Baggies could be ready to lodge a bid when the transfer window opens again in the New Year.
Kirkland's future at Anfield remains a subject of some debate as Rafa Benitez has placed all his faith in compatriot Jose Reina.
However, Robson has thus far refused to confirm his plans for January, instead choosing to focus on how his team are performing as a whole, rather than as individuals.
''We haven't even looked that far ahead,'' Robson told Sky Sports News. ''Not even up to Christmas yet.
''All I want Chris to do is keep performing like he has done. He can get even get better by commanding his box but I want my team in front of him to not give people as many shots on goal as what Arsenal had.
''If we all work together like that then it will be good for West Brom and good for Kirkland.''
Robson is hopeful that his side can build on last weekend's surprise 2-1 win over Arsenal and not be complacent against Bolton on Sunday.
''I know a few people said Arsenal dominated possession of the ball but I thought we were quite disciplined in our game,'' he continued.
''Three points against Arsenal was a real bonus to everybody and we want to take confidence forward into the Bolton game without getting complacent and falling flat on faces with a poor performance.
''In the league it's always important to get back-to-back wins and this gives us a chance. I know it will be tough against Bolton but our players need to be really positive on Sunday and try and get at them.''