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Tyrell Robinson is one of an influx of young players hoping to break into the Bradford City first team this season. Having only signed for the club in May, Robinson is already beginning to build a good reputation among fans for his pace, flair and enthusiasm on the pitch.
Having signed for Arsenal’s youth academy at the age of seven, Robinson spent over a decade at the club before being released at the beginning of 2017, having never made a first team appearance.
As a young player without any experience of playing professional football, a series of trials with teams in London followed, including the likes of Watford, but unfortunately without success. Eventually, Robinson made the big decision to move to West Yorkshire by signing for Bradford City after being offered a one-year professional contract.
It is likely that such a big factor in Robinson’s decision to join Bradford City is the opportunity to experience professional league football at a level which a young player can learn a serious amount from, particularly by being surrounded by senior professionals on a daily basis.
A series of injuries during pre-season made it challenging for Robinson to establish himself in the Bradford first team, while his friend and fellow young pro, Omari Patrick, hit the ground running after scoring his first professional goal on his debut for the club. The instant success of Patrick will have no doubt provided an added level of motivation for Robinson to prove himself to the Bradford City faithful.
In recent weeks, however, Robinson’s persistence has paid off where he has witnessed a considerable change in fortunes following exposure to first team football. His good recent form resulted in him scoring his first professional goal for the club after a wonderful effort against Wigan, no less, which proved to also be the match winner for Bradford.
Although still very much early days in his Bradford City career, if Robinson can continue to consistency perform well, he will no doubt be handed plenty of first team opportunities to show the fans the quality he possesses.
Strengths & Weaknesses
Playing predominately as both a left back and winger throughout his career, Robinson has some considerable pace which makes him difficult to handle by the opposition defence. Added to this is his conference on the ball and his willingness to attack and take players on.
One of his greatest attributes, however, is his attitude to the game. He managed to remain positive even when struggling to break into the Bradford first team, but his continued hard work has now resulted in him being given his chance. His attitude underpins his determination for success and to prove his ability on the pitch. As such, his attitude is second to none and something which is likely to serve him well as he progresses as a professional footballer.
With McCall preferring to develop Robinson into more of a left wing back, it is going to take some real effort and determination in the coming months for him to become established in this position. If successful, however, it will give Robinson some additional versatility which is sought after in football. One important advantage Robinson has is his age and existing attributes, which means he has the time and ability to grow into the position.
At the age of 20, Robinson is at a crucial stage of his development. Being surrounded by senior professionals, having competition from friends and fellow young professions, and having some consistent exposure to first team football, will only be beneficial for his overall improvement as a player.
Bradford City appear to be a perfect club for Robinson’s development as a professional footballer given the emphasis the joint owners have placed on developing youth players that can make the cut in the first team. Combined with his determination to succeed, Robinson has an excellent opportunity to get his career off to a great start and is certainly one to watch.
What They Say
Stuart McCall – Bradford City Manager
“Tyrell’s come on leaps and bounds since he’s been here.”
Greg Abbott – Head of Recruitment, Bradford City
“He’s got bags of pace and is a strong, athletic kid with a great desire to prove everybody wrong.”
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