West Brom manager

Darren Bent admits he is not convinced that West Brom striker Hal Robson-Kanu has what it takes to fire the Baggies to promotion this season.

The former Aston Villa and England forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has urged manager Slaven Bilic to swap the Welshman out for Charlie Austin in the second half of the campaign.

Robson-Kanu has started 10 of the club’s last 11 Championship games but has scored just three goals during that time.

Bent says that while he recognises the hard work the 30-year-old puts in, the Baggies need goals if they are going to guarantee their place in the Premier League next season.

“Is Charlie Austin injured? (No) Well he’s definitely the guy that can come on and score,” Bent told Football Insider.

“Robson-Kanu, I’m a fan, he can hold the ball up really well but for me he doesn’t score enough goals. I know he holds the ball up really well and brings others into play but at the end of the day I need my centre-forward scoring goals.

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“There are going to be games where it’s tight and you need a bit of quality or someone to make sure they’re in that area where it hurts and go and get themselves a goal.

“For me, Robson-Kanu doesn’t do that enough but someone like Charlie Austin can do that. For the second half of the season I think they need to role reverse – Robson-Kanu gets himself on the bench and Austin starts playing games. 

“He holds the ball up maybe not as well as Robson-Kanu but I know what he can do better and that’s scoring goals.”

Robson-Kanu has six goals in his 19 Championship appearances this season while Austin has netted seven in the same number of games.

In other West Brom news, Rangers are in the hunt to sign a Baggies attacker out of contract in the summer.