Tim Sherwood responds to interest in Aston Villa loanee Callum Robinson

Preston would like the striker back at Deepdale next season but he instead looks set to get a chance in the Villa first-team.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has refuted claims that Callum Robinson could spend another season out on loan or even leave the club altogether, suggesting to the Birmingham Mail that the promising striker could push for a first-team spot.

Having earned a handful of Premier League cameos towards the end of last season, Robinson joining Preston North End in September on a month-long loan, and made enough of an impression to have his deal extended into the New Year.

A run of five goals in 11 games saw him recalled in November, however, after Darren Bent’s switch to Brighton created an opening in the since-departed Paul Lambert’s squad, but he would fail to see a single minutes of senior action over the following two months.

Since heading back to the North West for the second half of the League One campaign, Preston boss and ex-Villa defender Simon Grayson has recently said that he would like to re-sign the 20-year-old forward - whether on loan or to a permanent deal - but either outcome now looks unlikely.

Speaking on the chances of Robinson taking in another spell at Deepdale in the future, Sherwood said: “No. There have been rave reviews for him.

“I think it’s been a very good loan for him. Simon Grayson and Preston have been excellent for him.

“He’s played first and foremost but he’s done well.”

Having missed out on automatic promotion to MK Dons, Robinson looks set to remain with Grayson’s side for their imminent play-off campaign, before potentially returning to train with Villa before the summer break.

That will give Sherwood a prime chance to run the rule over the England Under-20 international and determine whether he is equipped for regular Premier League football as soon as next term.

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