ROBBO BUOYED BY NEW PRE­STON HITMEN

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dan Barnes

CAL­LUM Robin­son is back­ing Pre­ston North End’s new hot-shots to have Cham­pi­onship de­fend­ers wak­ing up in a cold sweat this sea­son.

This sum­mer, new Li­ly­whites boss Alex Neil has bol­stered his front­line op­tions by bring­ing in Josh Har­rop fol­low­ing his re­lease from Manch­ester United and 19-year-old Ar­se­nal striker Stephy Ma­vi­didi on loan.

Har­rop, 21, who has been strug­gling with nig­gling in­jury prob­lems so far this term, found the net in his one and only se­nior ap­pear­ance for the Red Devils on the fi­nal day of last sea­son and is some­one that Robin­son, 22, had seen first-hand be­fore their paths crossed at Deep­dale.

“I played with him a few times for Eng­land Un­der20s and he’s a re­ally good player,” said the former As­ton Villa for­ward.

“Tech­ni­cally, he’s re­ally good and I can’t wait to have him back.

“He’ll be a big part of the squad when he comes back.”

Mean­while, Ma­vi­didi, who has been capped by Eng­land at Un­der-19 level, saw a loan spell at Charl­ton Ath­letic last sea­son cut short by in­jury.

Robin­son added: “I’m not the slow­est but he’s got a lot of pace.

“With the more games he gets, he’ll end up be­ing a very good player for us.

“He’s quite quick off the mark but if you give him space, he’s got the abil­ity to beat peo­ple.

“He’ll be a threat in be­hind as well.”

Robin­son is ex­pect­ing to be de­ployed in a num­ber of po­si­tions by Neil as the sea­son wears on, but says that he likes the look of life un­der the former Nor­wich City chief so far.

“For me, any­where – left, right, as a num­ber ten or up front – I re­ally en­joy be­ing in the fi­nal third scor­ing goals and get­ting as­sists,” he said.

“I’ve re­ally been en­joy­ing it with the new man­ager.”

UP­BEAT: Cal­lum Robin­son

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