Robbo promise for Earnie
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bryan Robson has insisted that Robert Earnshaw is much more than a super-sub.West Bromwich Albion manager Bryan Robson has insisted that Robert Earnshaw is much more than a super-sub.
Earnshaw has played 27 times for The Baggies since moving from Cardiff last summer.
However, ten of those have come from the bench and he is finding it hard to earn a regular start despite bagging 13 goals.
Robson, though, insists Earnshaw is very important to him.
"I don't want Rob to get it into his mind that he's going to be a sub all the time," said Robson.
"I definitely wouldn't rule him out from making a start.
"We just have to assess the teams we will play and when we need to get a grip of a game and just stay in it and grab a late goal.
"If you look at Rob's performances, he always starts off games really bright and puts a lot of energy into the first 20 minutes.
"But then his stamina tends to take a dip.
"That's a part of his game we've spoken to Rob about and it's something he's taken on board.
"Working on his stamina will make him a much better player.
"When you send Rob on really fresh, the way he goes about his game he is difficult to stay with because of his movement.
"He's always looking to run down the sides of people.
"He's done a terrific job since he came here and a lot of his characteristics have rubbed off on the other lads.
"He'll be really looking forward to this game and there is no need for me to rest any of my better players who are playing well because they have all had a good rest.
"Only when the midweek games start will we have to look at where we may need to freshen it up.
"The four strikers are doing really well and making it a very difficult decision on who we pick and whether we play 4-4-2 or 4-3-3.
"They're all in very good form and keeping each other on their toes.
"They know they're making it difficult for me but that's my job."