Game time can be like gold dust in the Premier League when you are a young striker. Clubs always need to score goals and they rely on their first-team strikers for that, and not many opportunities arrive for the youth team players hoping to make an impression.
Loan moves enable them to progress and get first-team experience under their belt in the hope that they can return to their parent club and make an impact. Callum Robinson is a highly-regarded player and has already featured for the Aston Villa first-team in the Premier League. He recently enjoyed a run with the England Under-20 side in the four nations tournament, but has been making a lot of fans at Preston North End.
Fans have been impressed with his short cameo appearances from the bench since joining the club on loan last month. On Tuesday night he made his first start for North End and hit the woodwork during a 1-0 win over Gillingham. His loan spell has been extended to January and he has admitted he is learning a lot at Deepdale.
"It's your profession now, it's not a joke. Every day I'm here I'm learning, playing in the first team and hopefully I can go back to Villa with loads of experience. This will help me massively, even just being around the place and getting games."
Despite being a conventional striker, Simon Grayson has been employing Robinson out wide, but either way the 19-year-old knows it is helping him with regards to the physical and speed side to the game.
"It's a much quicker pace, you have to be stronger and the fans as well - you get 9-10,000 at Deepdale. You're playing with men; it's not like the Under-21s where you can go through the motions."
Robinson is also grateful to be playing alongside one of the most talented players outside the Premier League in Joe Garner who has already scored seven goals in League One this season.
"Joe Garner's one of the best strikers I've seen live. He scores goals, he's always a threat and he's just a pest to centre-backs. I can learn off him loads - learning where to put your body with defenders and winning headers