Paul Robinson is a character in Neighbours who doesn’t seem to be very popular, and his footballing namesake knows how that feels after last season. Dropped by his club and country, it was truly a campaign to forget for the former Leeds goalkeeper, who has gone from hero to zero in a very short space of time. Can he resurrect his career at Blackburn?
Setanta report that the goalkeeper is delighted to have completed his move to Lancashire, where he’s being made to feel part of the furniture already. Robinson hints that he was unhappy with the way he was treated at White Hart Lane, after being dropped for Radek Cerny last term and semingly falling out with manager Juande Ramos.
“It is great to be wanted again, and that is a big part of your confidence for a goalkeeper, if things aren’t going right for you and times are bad then you need people around you that believe in you and want you, which is what I’m going to get here,” he said.
“I don’t think there’s anything that can hurt me any more. I can play without fear. Everybody has a dip in confidence and form and circumstances didn’t help last year.
“It’s helped me develop as a player and as a person. I’ve had everything from winning the Cup to being left out of the team in the space of five to six weeks, and the stuff with England as well.”
You have to feel a degree of sympathy for the player, especially when you see that clip of him missing Gary Neville’s pass back for the umpteenth time on television. That own goal wasn’t his fault! Playing for England means your reputation is more likely to be tarnished than enhanced if you’re a goalkeeper, although let’s wish Robbo well at Blackburn.