Goalkeeper Robinson signs in
When we arrived at Brentford a week last Friday we received the news that Danijel Nizic was on the bench. It was later confirmed that it was due to Matt Gilks having suffered an elbow injury which would keep him out for a few weeks.
Manager Sean Dyche confirmed the club would look to bring in some cover. A couple of days ago I heard a suggestion of a loanee from Manchester City but I have to say I was surprised this morning when we confirmed the signing of former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
When we beat Blackburn 2-1 at Ewood in March 2014, Steven Reid was a guest of Sky. We went on to sign him. When we went back and won 1-0 this season it was Robinson’s turn and look what’s happened again.
Strangely, he said then that players couldn’t swap sides because they wouldn’t be accepted by the supporters of the other club, this on a day when both sides fielded two players who had played for the opposition.
But Robinson, who has also played for Leeds and Tottenham, has done just that. He’s played a total of 421 league games for his three clubs along with winning 41 caps for England but will now, almost certainly, be on the bench for the Clarets at the Emirates this Saturday.
He said, after completing the move: “I spoke to the manager and he’s obviously got an injury to one of his goalkeepers, so this was too good an opportunity to turn down.”
His last game was for Blackburn in a 3-2 home defeat against Derby in September 2014, but he added: “I’ve been fit and training for the last couple of months, so it’s just nice to join a fantastic football club.
“The manager goes about his business here very well and having spent some time with him I can’t speak highly enough, so I’m looking forward to working with him.
“I have played a lot of Premier League and Championship games and hopefully that experience can help people in and around the club. I’m just looking forward to getting training and using that experience.
“There are three very good goalkeepers here now and it would be nice to get some game time under my belt and be ready if called upon.”
Sean Dyche was delighted to get some experienced cover and said: “Obviously with the injury to Matt, we were looking and we knew Paul was available.
“We know he has looked after himself and basically his depth of knowledge as a goalkeeper and the quality he has shown throughout his career, speaks for itself. He has played at some terrific clubs and has something like 40 England caps, so we felt it was appropriate to bring a player of his quality and stature into the football club.
“He really wants to push and get sharper and wants to be a part of what we do here, so we are looking forward to seeing how he goes.”
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