Boss backs Robinson to shine

Robinson (left): Out of form

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Manager Aidy Boothroyd believes misfiring striker Jake Robinson can be an influential player for Northampton this season.

The forward failing to score a goal since March after arriving at Sixfields in the summer as one of then-manager Gary Johnson's marquee signings. The 25-year-old came with a big reputation having scored goals to help both Shrewsbury and Torquay, where he was on loan during the second half of the campaign, reach the League Two play-offs last season.

In all, Robinson scored 16 goals last term, including two in the Shrews' 3-1 win over the Cobblers at Greenhous Meadow. But his last strike was for Torquay at Macclesfield on March 19, and he has failed to hit the back of the net in 32 appearances since.

Robinson was made available for transfer in Johnson's final days at the club, but Boothroyd has seen enough in his two weeks with the squad to suggest the player's barren spell won't go on too much longer.

"I think Jake is a terrific player and if he thought he was as good as I think he is then he wouldn't be at this club," Boothroyd told the Northampton Chronicle.

"He's lively, he's got a goal in him, he's great coming off the left and he can play up front in a two. I just see really good things coming from him. I can't point the finger and say he didn't give his all on Saturday and that's all I can ask for."