Paul Robinson on the influence and character of two emerging Under-23s players

Assistant Senior Professional Development Coach Paul Robinson
Assistant Senior Professional Development Coach Paul Robinson

They've both been very influential for us

Paul Robinson

Cameron McGilp and Michael Luyambula have been praised for what they have brought to Blues Development Squad.

The pair extended the initial short-term contracts Blues were permitted to give them to the season’s end earlier this week.

And Paul Robinson says that was a major boost to the Club, who brought both players in after trial periods.

Glasgow-born Midfielder McGilp, 20, grew up in Australia and was with Melbourne Victory.

And Blues moved swiftly to invite goalkeeper Luyambula over when he decided he couldn’t see a pathway at Borussia Dortmund and cut ties there.

“They have been very influential for us, I’ve been impressed with both of them,” said Assistant Senior Professional Development Coach Robinson.

“They’ve both come in from different countries: Michael from Germany and Cameron all the way from Australia. So for Cameron it’s not just around the corner.

“He has been first class, Cameron. His attitude. And in games we’ve seen those leadership qualities from a central midfield player a lot of teams would want.

“He has come on leaps and bounds.

“Michael is 19. He’s adapted from a different culture, a different approach.

“And he’s mental – we know all goalkeepers are mental!

“What I like about him is that he has got that English character and attitude straight away. He’s got that winning mentality of when he makes a save he screams, lets out a roar, as if it’s an outfield player celebrating scoring a goal.

“He loves keeping the ball out of his net and I love working with people like that, who care about those individual things. He does it if a defender makes a block in front of him, he will go and hit him on the back and say ‘yes!’

“That’s what both of them have brought to the team, and a youthful team as well.”

Luyambula is currently on loan at Hungerford Town, to gain more experience.

Blues Under-23s are in the title chase in the PDL North and on Friday will look to give their Premier League Cup qualification chances a boost at Fulham in the competitions group stage.

“It’s been a really pleasing six months for us so far, with the whole group,” said Robinson. “But that’s six months; we’ve got another six months to go – and the players know what and what is expected from now until the season’s end.”