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West Brom boss Slaven Bilic: I didn’t know Hal Robson-Kanu was so good

By Joseph Masi | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Albion head coach Slaven Bilic believes he is among a host of people who have been guilty of underestimating Hal Robson-Kanu.

West Bromwich Albion's Hal Robson-Kanu

The striker has become something of a super-sub for the Baggies this season following a string of impressive performances from the bench.

As well as netting in the last two games against Charlton and Stoke, Robson-Kanu has also made game-changing contributions after being introduced against Fulham, QPR, and Middlesbrough. And Bilic admits he is thrilled with how the Welsh forward is performing. “He (Robson-Kanu) is a very important player for us,” the head coach said.

“He’s not a goalscorer but he is scoring goals. It’s unbelievable and good for him and very good for us.

“He’s like a number 10 up front. He’s got such good skill. He can keep the ball, bring other guys into the game.

“His left foot is like a number 10’s left foot. For me, he’s a top player, an extremely good player, very underestimated. I didn’t know he was this good. Now I know.

“But when I came to West Brom I didn’t. He’s a top player.”

Bilic says Robson-Kanu’s impressive performances mean he is now in contention to start at Hull on Saturday – with fellow strikers Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore also battling to be in the team. “He (Robson-Kanu) is scoring goals so he’s knocking,” the Croatian continued.

“It is all about the squad.

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“He probably expected to start earlier. But I’m quite happy with what he’s doing for us.”

Robson-Kanu himself admitted he would like to be starting more games.

But he says, for him, the main thing is doing a job for the team.

“Every player wants to play and start games and I am no different,” he added.

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“Every time I have played I have always made an impact.

“But it’s about the squad and contributing to that squad in games and maintaining a high level of performance.

“That is what is going to make us successful.”

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ - @josephmasi_star

West Bromwich Albion reporter.

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