"Or you could wait until the January window and allow him to go out in six months and assess again whether you bring him back or whether he should stay out on loan. I think, with the younger players, you've got to assess it as it goes along rather than make a decision at this stage of the season."
Robson utilised the loan market to good effect himself when in charge at West Brom, with the temporary capture of Kieran Richardson from United in 2005 going a long way to ensuring the Baggies staved off relegation from the Barclays Premier League.
"Kieran was a major part and that just shows you the impact of it," he added. "He was so good and it shows what an important part it got to play in the season because, without Kieran, I don't think we probably would have stayed up. He had that much of an influence on us."