ROBBO BUOYED BY NEW PRESTON HITMEN
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