Former West Bromwich Albion midfielder Nigel Quashie has praised Hal Robson-Kanu for the overall standard of his performances this season ahead of the club’s clash with Nottingham Forest.
The Baggies, who are currently top of the Championship standings, will be looking to widen the gap between them and the chasing pack by beating the Reds this weekend at the Hawthorns.
Having initially started to the 2019/20 campaign as a back-up option to Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore, Robson-Kanu forced his way into manager Slaven Bilic’s starting eleven by delivering a number of eye-catching displays.
However, since scoring his seventh goal of the season in the club’s 2-2 draw with Charlton Athletic last month, the forward has experienced a drought in-front of goal.
Given that he has failed to find the back of the net in his last five appearances, it will be intriguing to see whether he is granted the opportunity to lead the line against Forest.
Speaking to Football League World’s Chief Editor Sam Rourke, Quashie has suggested that Robson-Kanu has deserved to keep his place in the side in recent weeks due to his worth ethic as well as his attitude.
The ex-West Brom man said: “Kanu has gone on a run of goals earlier this season and his work ethic and his attitude has been first class.
“He’s deserved it due to his performances and his contribution to the team.”
On the topic of who should start up-front this weekend for the Baggies, Quashie admitted: “It’s been a selection headache for Slaven Bilic in terms of what he’s got at his disposal.
“Charlie Austin has had to build on his fitness since leaving Southampton but I think the manager has used all the strikers well.
“He’s had to rotate them.
“There’s players in there who you can put in up-front.
“Yet whoever Bilic has put in there has been off the pace really.
“Zohore is coming back in and pushing for a place so it’s good competition.
“Whoever he plays tomorrow, they”ll be chomping at the the bit to perform against Forest.”