One Linked In, One Linked Out

Posted on May 30, 2007 
Filed Under Blues News

There’s a couple of links on Tribal Football today concerning a current Blues player and, if the Daily Mail is to be believed, a potential Blues player.

First of all, Tribal cites The Times as a source for the story of Steve Bruce letting current #2 goalkeeper Maik Taylor leave. Taylor has definitely dropped down the pecking order and is now back up to Colin Doyle. Blues also have promising youngsters Artur Krysiak and Adam Legzdins snapping away at Taylor’s heels.

Blues have been linked with Ben Foster of Manchester United and Scott Carson of Liverpool in recent weeks and the addition of either of these ‘keepers (not that I think either deal will happen) would surely force Taylor to look for regular football – or at least a chance of it – elsewhere.

Taylor joined Blues in August 2003 – initially on loan – from Fulham. The stopper impressed and was snapped up in a £1.5m deal several months later. In ‘03/’04 Taylor was named Premiership goalkeeper of the year. He has gone on to make over 150 appearances for Blues and has won 57 caps for Northern Ireland.

The player we’ve been linked with made me smile.

According to The Daily Mail, Blues, Everton and Middlesbrough have all been linked with Paul Robinson of Championship side West Bromwich Albion (not to be confused with the slightly nutty bloke from Neighbours.)

Robinson plays left back for West Brom and skippered the side in Albion’s loss against Derby County at Wembley in the playoff final last weekend. Albion’s failure to secure promotion has led many to believe that there’ll be a mass exodus from the club and manager Tony Mowbray has said that he will not stand in the way of anyone wishing to leave. Robinson himself admitted:

I’m still a West Bromwich player. I’m signed up for another two years. I’ll get my head down and work hard but I want to play Premiership football and sometimes you can’t take that from players if the opportunity comes up.

It’s a similar story with perhaps Albion’s most prized fit possession – Jason Koumas. He’s stated that he’s “desperate” to play in the Premiership and said that whether he does or not is up to Albion’s chairman.

Robinson is a no nonsense style full back who takes no prisoners and plays the game hard. He gets stuck in and is willing to… ruffle a few feathers in order to get the job done. Indeed it shows as Robinson has been yellow carded eleven times and sent off twice this season, one of those a straight red for what can only be described as ‘assault’ on our very own Damien Johnson in our 2-0 victory over the Baggies at St Andrews in October.

Steve Bruce was extremely angry over the challenge and condemned Robinson strongly stating that he knew exactly what he was doing when his forearm connected with DJ’s face, breaking his jaw in several places. Bruce refused to let it drop and the incident was brought up again before the return fixture at Albion. Bruce once again condemned Robinson but DJ went on to have the final word as he scored a left footed 20 yard volley with only a few minutes left. He celebrated like he meant it too!

Paul Robinson is 28 years old and has been playing for Albion for four years after a transfer from Watford for £250,000 in 2003. He played for Watford for seven years making just over 250 appearances. Thus far, his Albion career spans 153 games – with over 50 appearances coming this season alone.

I just cannot see this one coming off. Bruce would surely only want players on board who wouldn’t rock the boat and Robinson’s over the top style could be a disruptive influence in the dressing room, especially when you consider the history with DJ and Bruce’s strong criticism of the player throughout the season.

Besides, do we really want a player who will spend more time on the sidelines through suspension than actually playing for us? I’d like to see Bruce shut the door quickly on this one I’m afraid.


7 Responses to “One Linked In, One Linked Out”

  1. daddyblue on May 30th, 2007 12:32 pm

    Sorry Aff, i totally disagree i think he would be a cracking buy and so would Koumas.Here is a player nobody has mentioned Beattie of everton bags of skill not to old and very hungry would have an hay day with Mac and Larrsen crossing ability KRO

  2. Aff on May 30th, 2007 12:35 pm

    No probs, mate. I think a few will disagree with me on this one.

    Someone mentioned Beattie elsewhere. He’s a shadow of his former self and I think Everton would snap the hands off anyone who was remotely interested. Stay well clear.

  3. End2end on May 30th, 2007 7:03 pm

    We should stay clear of Beattie, he’s a playboy. I live in Southampton, and when he played down here he was regular getting into trouble at all the nightclubs.

  4. Limestone Penguin on May 30th, 2007 9:52 pm

    Robinson good player but would certainly not fit into the category were looking for ‘young & hungry’ maybe the hungry but the young, no way! Beattie seems to have gone far to wayward and when he plays he misses sitters no- gon on that one to.

    The story of Taylor leaving us good news, good news when he first came to us I thought ok keeper when we brought him I was disgusted £1.5 million a falming outrage! On yer bike Taylor you won’t be missed.

  5. Matthew Edwards on May 31st, 2007 2:32 am

    Beattie is always in a pub by me in Didsbury (manc). He’s always pissed, smoking about 40 fags. He’s fatter than Dunn… you have to put real effort in to be fatter than Dunn!

    I’ll take Koumas tho.

  6. Russ on June 1st, 2007 11:49 am

    We got Parnaby….and we’re back where we belong in the Premiership section on SkySports :)

  7. Limestone Penguin on June 2nd, 2007 12:47 pm

    Yeh why not on the BBC though?

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