Paul Robinson has insisted he does not fear for West Brom Premier League status despite Sam Allardyce admitting he has had three potential transfers scuppered by Brexit.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Robinson, who worked with Allardyce at Blackburn Rovers, claimed the acquisition of the 66-year-old last month will prove to be the Baggies’ “best signing”.
Allardyce revealed at the weekend the club have been forced to pull out of three deals because the players would not qualify for work permits under the new rules introduced because of Brexit.
He told the Daily Mail: “That has made life a bit more difficult. It’s not so much the pandemic, it’s the change of rules because of the Brexit deal.”
But Robinson is sure his former boss will be working on other deals that will be possible.
He told Football Insider: “The best signing that West Brom have made is Sam Allardyce.
“I know he’s had an indifferent start, but I was part of one of his campaigns at Blackburn and I know what he does, I understand his methods and how he gets the best out of his players and how he gets them organised.
“At times it might not be pretty but results do come. Players have to buy into what he wants, players have to buy into what he believes in and if they don’t do that, he’ll soon change them. Players will be left on the periphery if they’re not willing to do that.
“One of Sam’s biggest assets was his ability to wheel and deal in the transfer market to unearth players who can do a job for him in a short space of time.
“With Brexit and everything else, and if that’s what he said is hampering him it’s not going to be an easy time for him.
“I have no doubt that he’ll have identified a number of targets that he’ll want and be able to get.
“I still don’t fear for West Brom because with Sam in charge, and having worked with him, I know he’s able to get results and he’s only one or two results away from turning it around.”
In other news, Football Insider can reveal West Brom are in the hunt with two other Premier League clubs to sign an English defender.