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Exclusive: Robinson on sound advice from Agbonlahor/Weimann

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Exclusive: Robinson on sound advice from Agbonlahor/Weimann


Callum Robinson received a sound piece of advice from fellow forwards Gabby Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann: "Be brave and do your best."

Those simple words made the 19-year-old feel at home following his elevation from the youth ranks to the first team squad.

There is a great sense of buoyancy about Robinson when he speaks of his adjustment to life in the senior ranks - in particular the warmth he has felt from the likes of Agbonlahor and Weimann.

After all, the England U19 international is hoping to emulate the path taken by the duo.

"With Gabby and Andi, I look up to them because they have done what I want to do in terms of coming through the academy," said Robinson.

"They always just say to me what I need to do. Even if it is about taking on a player, they tell me not to be scared and to do my best.

"I feel the other lads have been like that with me too.

"We've got some top players here and I've got on with all of them.

"Nearly everyone is aged between about 22 and 25 so I fit in really well and have a bit of banter with them.

"Everyone has been really good with me and it has been a really good experience."

While Robinson has been made to feel at ease in the senior squad so far, his initiation ceremony was a far more nerve-racking affair.

On the eve of the clash with Manchester United - his first away trip - the young forward had to serenade the squad.


"When it is your first away trip you have to sing to the group," he explained.

"I sung Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds' - I picked the easy option!

"It was in the team hotel after dinner and I had to stand on a chair! Every young player goes through that - it is a bit of a respect thing."

Now the introductions are out of the way, Robinson is focusing on knuckling down and working for his big opportunity.

He is feeling the benefit of training with senior professionals on a regular basis.

"Some of the players can make the game easier for you because when you've got the ball there is always someone there to pass to as an option," he said.

"That comes from playing with much better players.

"It has also helped me watching the Christian, Gabby and Andi, seeing their movement off the line and stuff like that. I've learned from that.

"I've also learned about having to move the ball a lot quicker.

"When you are with the reserves sometimes you have time to get it and look up and take your time.

"With the first team the tempo is quicker so I've learned that you have to know your next pass.

"I've got used to it now so I've just got to keep it up and hopefully get more chances up there."

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By @AVFCOfficial 17th April 2014
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