Robbo says goals will flow for him at PNE

Callum Robinson is enjoying his loan spell at Preston from Aston Villa

Callum Robinson is enjoying his loan spell at Preston from Aston Villa

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Callum Robinson hopes that his first Preston North End goal is waiting just around the corner after twice seeing the woodwork get in the way of that particular milestone.

The 19-year-old striker is now in the second month of a youth loan from Aston Villa and has excited PNE’s fans with some lively attacking play.

After four appearances from the bench, he got his first start in Tuesday night’s 1-0 victory over Gillingham.

Robinson very nearly featured on the scoresheet at Priestfield Stadium, seeing a second-half header come back off the post.

Against Colchester before the international break, he rattled the bar with a 20-yard shot.

The teenager will be looking to sniff out more chances and get among the goals in the Deepdale derby clash with Fleetwood this weekend.

Robinson said: “It was good to get my first start for Preston in the week and even better to get the away win.

“We are flying at the moment, all the lads are playing with a lot of confidence and hopefully we can take that into the Fleetwood game.

“I was a bit unlucky not to score at Gillingham. I remember just watching it hit the post. I was gutted not to score.

“The other week I hit the bar at Deepdale too, so hopefully my first Preston goal is not far off.

“I’m really enjoying it here. The lads and the staff are great and the gaffer has got faith in me.

“He just tries to give me lots of confidence and has positive chats with me, which really helps me develop as a player.

“The fans have also been great with me. It’s a change coming here from Aston Villa but everyone here has helped me settle in.

“There are lots of games coming up over the next few weeks.

“Hopefully I can be involved in them. All the lads want to be involved but there is the opportunity to give everybody some game time.

“At the moment I am here until January but it could get extended, that depends on how things are going.

“It would be nice to be involved until the end of the season especially if the club is pushing for promotion.

“It’s about getting first-team football and getting the appearances up.

“Every day I am here in the first team environment learning and hopefully I can go back to Villa with lots more experience.”

Robinson got a brief taste of first-team life at Villa last season in the shape of a handful of substitute appearances in Paul Lambert’s side.

The loan to PNE is designed to further his senior experience and make him more worldly-wise.

Straight away he has noticed the difference before life in League One and the relative comfort of Villa’s Under-21s.

“It is different being a young guy getting involved with the senior players but they have all been great with me,” he said.

“They chat to me and tell me how I can help the team. I am really enjoying being here.

“It’s great being with players like Joe Garner, who is one of the best strikers I have been around.

“Joe scores goals, he’s always a threat and he’s just a pest to central defenders.

“I can learn loads off him with the way he puts his body in front of defender and the way he heads the ball.

“I am learning a lot from him and people like Paul Gallagher.

“They have done it in the Football League for years and while I am here, I am learning every day.

“You have to have confidence in yourself but don’t come across as too cocky.

“Hopefully you can let your football do the talking and the rest of the lads will respect that.

“I haven’t started a home game yet and that’s what I’m looking to do next.

“Obviously it depends on the manager and what he thinks is good for the team.

“At the end of last season, I started training with the first team at Villa every day but at the start of the season I was not with them as much. That is why I have come out loan. The pace of the game is much quicker – you have to be a lot stronger.

“You also have to get used to playing in front of the fans.

“We are getting 9,000 to 10,000 watching us at Deepdale so that’s a big thing to get used to.

“One of my best friends is Jack Grealish who has got games in the Villa first team this season. He went out on loan to Notts County last year and played 37 games for them.

“Jack’s getting his chance now and it shows that it can be done.

“The academy at Villa is one of the better ones and they give youth a chance.

“Hopefully that’s what I can do, get experience here and then go back there and push for a place in the first team.”

While football is the pleasure in Robinson’s life, flying is at 
the other end of the scale for 
him.

The flight to Gillingham in a gale was on the turbulent side, the youngster not enjoying it one bit.

On the way back, the England Under-20s international kept his feet firmly on the ground.

Said Robinson: “I am not the best flyer and that wasn’t a good flight because of the wind.

“On the way back I did not go on the plane, I went back in the car with my dad instead. I just could not take it!”