Robbo plays down exodus talk
By Chris Stanton. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
West Bromwich Albion's impending relegation is unlikely to lead to a mass exodus of players but manager Bryan Robson insisted on Tuesday that every player has his price.
Promising defender Curtis Davies is expected to be coveted by a number of top clubs this summer, with Tottenham most recently registering an interest.
Robson would be loath to lose the likes of former Luton star Davies, who has made a hugely positive impression despite The Baggies' disappointing season, and his hand is unlikely to be forced by prudent Albion chairman Jeremy Peace.
However should a large bid be forthcoming for any of his younger stars then Robson admits he may have no choice but to consider it.
Robson also concedes that a possible stint in The Championship may be detrimental to some of his players' long-term development.
"The likes of [Tomasz] Kuszczak, Davies, [Richard] Chaplow, [Diomansy] Kamara and [Nathan] Ellington are all young lads who haven't played a lot of Premiership football before this season and I can see improvement in them already," said Robson.
"They would become even better players if we stayed in The Premiership and you don't want them to be set back for a year.
"Do I fear losing them if we go down? There is no problem with that. They are all tied up on long-term contracts.
"What I will say is everyone has got a price - but it will have to be a big price for any of those players for me to let the kids go because I am trying to build a better team.
"I would not be under pressure to sell anyone. We haven't got to get rid of anyone if we do go down."