Why Lambert should hand this Villa prospect a first-team chance

Aston Villa

Aston Villa's Callum Robinson was in impressive form earlier in the campaign.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert may benefit from having faith in his youth-team set-up and giving Callum Robinson a chance to impress in his starting line-up. 

Robinson was recalled by Villa from a loan spell at Preston North End earlier in the season, but the decision seems strange as he still hasn't been handed a chance to show what he can do since returning to Villa Park.

Robinson was progressing well at Preston, where he has scored five goals in 11 games, but his return to Villa - simply to sit on the substitutes' bench - has rather blocked his development.

It appears a odd move from Lambert, who has shown a distinct lack of faith in his youth-team prospects this season.

Jack Grealish has already found his first-team chances limited this term and Robinson looks to be suffering with a similar fate.

It is hard to understand why Lambert does not offer Robinson the chance to impress, either, as he has little to lose by doing so.

Villa have struggled desperately for goals this season so playing a striker who knows how to hit the back of the net regularly is unlikely to have a detrimental impact on the team, even if he is inexperienced. 

Robinson has scored more goals than any other Villa player this campaign, and he should be considered a genuine option by Lambert as they look to break out of their poor form. 

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