Former England number one Paul Robinson has voiced his backing of Martin Olsson joining West Brom this month as a free agent after the defender joined the club on trial.
Speaking to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League shot-stopper, who played alongside the 31-year-old defender during their years together at Blackburn Rovers, believes that Olsson has what it takes to succeed at the Baggies, highlighting the Swedish international’s fitness levels as a unique selling point for Slaven Bilic.
Olsson joined West Brom this week on trial as reported by The Birmingham Mail after being released from Sweden’s January training camp in Qatar, with the former Championship fullback being without a club since being released by Swansea City last season, yet despite not playing club football for over a year, Robson believed his former teammate will be a good addition to the Albion.
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Robinson said: “Martin was a very, very fit young lad. Always had a great engine, a very good left foot, if he got into trouble, he could always get himself out of trouble with pace. Very reliable, very good character, a true professional. I think he’d probably be able to earn a contract just on his fitness levels, he’d be a great addition to the squad between now and the end of the season.”
West Brom are keen to add to their fullback options this January after injuries have seen both Nathan Ferguson and Kieran Gibbs been ruled out of action for most of this month, leading Bilic and his transfer committee to taking Olsson on trial.
With the Swedish international a seasoned pro to life in both the Championship and the Premier League as stats from Transfermarkt show, Olsson could be a solid addition to the West Brom side for the second half of this season as the Baggies aim to book their ticket back to the English top-flight after two years away.