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Hal Robson-Kanu hails West Brom season despite poor finish

Striker Hal Robson-Kanu reckons Albion’s late-season slide should not be allowed to cloud their improvement over the past 12 months.

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Hal Robson-Kanu has talked highly of Albion's season (Photo: AMA Sports)

The Baggies ended the campaign losing nine of their final 12 games and though the Wales international acknowledged the finish had been ‘thoroughly disappointing’ for Tony Pulis’s men, he believes there were still plenty of positives to be found.

A final position of 10th represented one of the club’s best in the Premier League and Robson-Kanu, who joined on a free transfer last summer, hopes they have laid the foundations for further success next term.

“We finished 10th and as a group we need to take the positives from that,” he said. “We want to keep progressing and hopefully build on that next season.

“Of course the finish has been disappointing. We worked so hard all season.

“Obviously it shows where we are in the league after a run of games where we could have picked up more points.

“But over the course of the season we have to take the positives from it and look forward.”

A busy summer is likely at The Hawthorns with boss Tony Pulis, now back in the UK from meeting with owner Guoachuan Lai in China, eager to strengthen a squad which found its lack of depth exposed over the season’s closing weeks.

Attack is a key area of concern for the head coach, with Robson-Kanu one of only two senior strikers currently on the club’s books.

Albion are among a host of clubs to be linked with Manchester City youngster Kelechi Iheanacho but the 20-year-old , who made just five Premier League starts for Pep Guardiola’s side, yesterday insisted he is happy at the Etihad.

The Baggies have meanwhile added another fixture to their pre-season programme after confirming they will travel to Port Vale on Tuesday, August 1 (kick-off 7.45pm).

It is the fourth pre-season fixture to be announced so far. Ticket details are expected in due course.