Paul Robinson sympathises with Karlan Grant for what has been an “extremely difficult” start to life at West Brom for the striker.
The Spurs and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 23-year-old has struggled at The Hawthorns as a result of positional changes and the team’s overall form.
Albion boss Sam Allardyce elected to play Grant on the left-hand side of midfield on Sunday and the decision did not pay off.
The £15million summer signing from Huddersfield has scored just once in 16 appearances this season.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Grant’s form, Robinson said:
“It has been extremely difficult for Karlan Grant. He has played up front, he has played out wide and he has also played in the midfield. It has been tough for him to settle and that is because he has come into a team that is really struggling.
“Survival is looking less and less likely every week. It is hard for a player like Grant to come into a club in a relegation battle and score goals.
“They are shipping a load of goals so they are playing very defensively. It is five at the back and four in front of that against the top sides. It means he has to put in a defensive shift as well and I am sure he is finding that hard.
“It has been a very difficult first season for Grant. I have no doubt in his ability though.”