Earnshaw pleads for start
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Robert Earnshaw believes he is worthy of a starting place for West Brom.West Brom striker Robert Earnshaw has pleaded to new boss Bryan Robson that he is worthy of a starting place.
The diminutive hit-man has netted four goals in his last three games for The Baggies but still started last Saturday's game with Arsenal on the bench.
After coming on as a second half substitute, Earnshaw netted West Brom's equaliser and he is now determined to win a start at the weekend.
''Of course it will bother me if I am on the bench,'' said Earnshaw.
''I want to play football and be in the team.
''I've had a chat with the gaffer. He's told me he's happy with me and thinks I've done well.''
Earnshaw's baptism to The Premiership proved difficult as he went six games without a goal but having broken his duck, the player insists that he never questioned his own ability.
''I was never worried,'' he continued. ''I've got great faith in my ability and have enjoyed every moment since I came here.
''Yes, there is a jump between The Championship and Premiership but I'm used to playing in big games for Wales.
''It's better now that the performances and goals are coming.''
If Earnshaw is to win the faith of Robson then it would appear he will have to improve his overall game.
The Baggies boss believes Earnshaw is a quality finisher but lacks consistency in his build-up play.
"Rob's finishing is good as he showed again at Highbury and we don't want to lose any of that style of play that Rob has got,'' said Robson.
"But the one thing I do need to see on the other side of his game is a little bit of work-rate. That has got to be good.
"His build-up play has also got to be that little bit better where he is bringing his team-mates into the game.
"We know about his finishing and if Rob can just improve on those other things then he is going to be a very good player."