Lambert: Callum Robinson could make the grade at Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has talked about his hopes for Callum Robinson.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes that Callum Robinson has a chance of making it at the Midlands club despite being loaned out this season.

Robinson is currently in a temporary spell with League One side Preston North End until the new year, but Lambert is keeping a close eye on the prospect.

He has been impressed with what he has seen so far too, with Robinson scoring his first senior hat-trick in the FA Cup against Havant and Waterlooville, and the Scot feels he will be able to make an impact at his parent club if he continues to develop. 

"The thing about Callum is he is a good guy," he told Villa's official site. "If he keeps grounded, he's definitely got a chance.

"He's doing great at Preston. My message for him is to keep going, it'll do him the world of good.

"Being out there and playing men's football will be really beneficial for him."

Robinson has already made five appearances for the Villa first team, but Lambert felt that his progress would be aided by giving him regular senior football this season. 

As such, the drop to League One was an understandable move and he should be in good hands at Preston.

The Northern side are one of the best teams in the third tier and remain amongst the favourites to gain promotion this season.

Robinson has made eight appearances for his loan side so far, scoring four times, and he will be looking to continue impressing. 

The 19-year-old can take hope from the success that Jack Grealish has enjoyed despite being loaned out to the same level last season.

Grealish caught the eye at Notts County during the previous campaign and he has been given his chance to impress in the first team this season.

This will now be the path that Robinson tries to emulate, and Lambert clearly believes the the youngster has the potential to do just that. 

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