Hal Robson-Kanu has been ruled out of West Bromwich Albion’s clash against Reading with back problems. It is thought that the Wales international will return to training later this week (via BBC Sport).
Robson-Kanu has featured in just one game so far this season, playing 32 minutes in the 1-1 home draw against Millwall.
Slaven Bilic’s side have enjoyed an unbeaten start to their Championship season, winning two and drawing one of their opening three games.
The Midlands-based outfit face Reading tonight, with the Royals having won their first game of the season last Saturday, as they beat Cardiff City 3-0.
The 30-year-old was a bit-part player for the Baggies last season as he started just 14 of the 46 Championship games. His goal return was poor as he scored just four goals and assisted just one in 35 games in the second tier of English football.
This season’s squad depth means that Robson-Kanu should be used as a squad option and nothing more. The signings of Chris Willock and Grady Diangana on-loan from Benfica and West Ham United mean that there are two more options ahead of the veteran attacker.
Diangana has made an instant impact at The Hawthorns, scoring two goals on his debut in the Championship, as West Brom saw off Luton Town 2-1. Meanwhile, Willock has joined the club off the back of a brilliant season with Benfica’s B team in Portugal’s second tier. The England youth star played 34 games in Liga Pro, scoring 11 goals and assisting a further seven.
The introduction of youth signings from bigger clubs mixed with his poor form from last season means Robson-Kanu must not be used as anything but a bench option. While the temptation to introduce an experienced player into the team may be great, the 30-year-old simply lacks the quality to help Bilic achieve his goals this season.
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