Farewell, Theo

Derby County have today announced that Theo Robinson has moved to fellow Championship side Doncaster Rovers on a two-year deal. It’s been reported as a £150,000 fee.

This morning I published an article on how so few of the transfer-listed players have moved on. Shortly after, Robinson’s move was announced. Towards the end of the post, referring to the remaining players on the transfer list, I wrote ‘So, any takers?’ – Doncaster read it and subsequently signed him, right?

During his time with the Rams, he made 83 appearances (51 starts) and bagged 23 goals. The striker also earned international recognition with Jamaica whilst at Pride Park.

The transfer fee of £150,000 means Derby got exactly the price they paid for him (reported fee), which really isn’t bad. As Theo was entering the final year of his contract it was important to get the cash rather than let the deal run down.

I was never a huge fan of the Jamaican international. His general play and comfort on the ball wasn’t too pretty. Despite that I can’t really argue with his goal record. The ex-Terriers frontman won the Rams’ top goalscorer award, along with Steve Davies, in 2012. It’s a slight mystery that the 24-year-old could be, one minute, scoring goals (mostly from a couple of yards in, not that there’s anything wrong with that) and then do something you wouldn’t expect a footballer to do in the next minute.

Ultimately there are better players in front of him. Chris Martin and Johnny Russell displayed promising signs in both pre-season and the start of the new campaign.

Donny fans, if you’re reading, here’s a taster (below) of what he’s capable of – albeit in a friendly against non-league side Buxton.

Rovers supporters can expect a player with a lot of desire and bags of energy during the game but not much ability with the ball. You don’t want him on the wing, he needs to be through the middle.

Good luck (expect against Derby!), Theo.

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