After a quiet couple of weeks, with the only transfer news about departures from Bloomfield Road, a signing was much needed to bring back the positive feeling around Blackpool. That’s happened today with the new signing of former Sunderland midfielder Ethan Robson.
We mentioned on social media that Neil Critchley likely had irons in the fire and we’re glad one of those came off – in a position we need more cover. Here we take a more detailed look into Robson and the potential capabilities he may bring to the Fylde coast.
Another young player at the age of 23, Sunderland-born Robson came through the ranks at the Stadium of Light and the Black Cats are believed to be frustrated to see him go. Despite being a highly rated young talent, he has largely played youth football and has only made 52 appearances in senior football.
Ethan spent time on loan at Dundee in the 2018-19 season, scoring twice in 13 appearances, then spent the first part of last season on loan at League Two Grimsby Town – now managed by Ian Holloway – before being recalled by Sunderland in January. He scored three times in his 16 appearances, though didn’t actually play under Holloway who came in as Robson was on his way out.
Ethan again fits the criteria in which Critchley and his team are looking to recruit. A young, left footed midfielder with an athletic mould, he is highly rated by Grimsby and Sunderland fans, with the belief he certainly has the talent to be able to play higher once he gets exposure at this level.
Originally it was reported that Portsmouth and Oxford United were in the hunt for Robson, with Blackpool seen as outsiders, so it’s possible that location came into his thinking, while it also can’t be underestimated of the job Critchley and the board will have done to sell the club with the clear ambition to take the club forwards.
View from the other side
Below are some comments about Robson from fans of his former clubs:
‘Good player you’ve got there, struggled to get 20 games out of him’.
‘Gutted about this never given a proper chance’.
‘Very much a cultured attacking midfielder, neat passer of the ball, good movement. Not particulary defensive without being powderpuff.’
‘Quite tall but not particularly well build; quite a soft spoken young man. Definitely not your aggressive, midfield meathead.‘
Highlights from the Midfielder
Although not directly the defensive replacement we are looking for since the departure of Jay Spearing, who recently signed for League Two Tranmere Rovers on a two-year deal, Robson is another combative, cultured option in the central midfield which we need strength in numbers for. We’d expect him to feature in a midfield three, driving with the ball from box-to-box and finding the killer pass for one of our attacking options.
Further analysis to come soon on the midfield and what we can expect.
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