It was a quiet summer transfer window for Preston North End, with only a handful of players either joining or leaving the club.
But despite that relative lack of inactivity, there was one transfer concerning North End that will have caught the eye in particular, in the form of the departure of Callum Robinson.
The attacker had spent several loan spells at Deepdale before completing a permanent move to Preston in the summer of 2016, making a total of 160 appearances for the club, scoring 40 goals.
That association with Preston would come to an end in July however, when the 24-year-old signed a four-year deal with Sheffield United, moving to Bramall Lane for a reported to be around £8million, which was at the time a club-record fee for the Blades.
It is a move that Robinson will surely have been relishing, with Sheffield United’s promotion to the Premier League at the end of last season giving the winger the chance to play in English football’s top flight for the first time in his career.
As things are currently, it appears as though Robinson has had plenty of cause to enjoy his time at that level.
So far this season, Robinson has appeared in nine of the Blades’ 11 league games, helping them to wins over Everton and Crystal Palace, while also scoring in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with his pace and delivery causing trouble for plenty of top-flight defences.
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Yet despite helping Chris Wilder’s side to such an impressive early start to the campaign, there may now be some slight concern on Robinson’s part about his first-team prospects going forward.
Having dropped to the bench for United’s 3-0 win over Burnley last weekend, it could be hard for Robinson to force his way back into a starting XI that so effectively dispatched of an established Premier League side in the way that they did to the Clarets.
Even so, with Robinson continuing to add to his number of caps for the Republic of Ireland – again earning a call-up for the upcoming November international break – and plenty more football to be played at domestic level as well this season, Robinson should still be confident that his impressive performances so far this season mean that his role in Chris Wilder’s side this season is far from over.
Indeed, with the Blades currently sat in a very promising sixth position in the Premier League, Robinson has every right to believe that his time in the top flight with the Blades will extend beyond the end of this season.
With Preston themselves showing signs of mounting a charge for the Premier League this season, Robinson may even be hoping for a return to Deepdale at top-flight level sooner rather than later.