He has been compared to Paul McGrath by his manager, to Rio Ferdinand by the Luton supporters who idolised him, but Curtis Davies should treasure the ringing endorsement he received from Nigel Pearson.
Albion's 20-year-old has been decorated with plaudits after only six Championship games following his arrival for £3 million on transfer deadline day.
Yet while Robson's backing is crucial to his development and accolades from former fans are gratifying, when a former top-flight centre-half waxes lyrical before you have made your first-team debut, the sky would appear to be the limit.
Pearson made his name as a rugged, indefatigable defender, who was often an inspirational leader.
If anyone at The Hawthorns knows what it takes to be a centre-half of some repute, then it has to be Pearson.
Robson's right-hand man will have watched in horror as Albion's defence has performed their own version of hari- kari during three straight defeats, which has left them precariously perched outside the relegation zone.
Changes seem inevitable and the fact that Davies was pulled out of Monday's reserve-team game against Middlesbrough mean that, even though he hasn't kicked a ball in anger for the club, he is in the running for a debut against Sunderland, despite the enormity of the game.
"We didn't play Curtis on Monday evening so there will be speculation about whether he plays on Saturday, but he is in the frame like everyone else," said Pearson, who was keeping his cards close to his chest.
"We would have no worries about throwing Curtis into such a game, even though he is 20. As you are aware, we have been watching him for a long time. He has got fantastic pace, enthusiasm, aggression and is a good natural defender.
"We have got real longterm hopes for him and, in the short-term, he has certainly got his part to play for us this season. "The lad has really good potential and that is why we paid £3 million for him. It is for what he can do now and what we hope he can do in the future."
Davies is likely to be joined in the squad by Zoltan Gera, Diomansy Kamara and Kanu, who are all expected to return from injury. But while that trio offer attacking options, it is defensive areas that are causing most concern for Pearson. Unforced errors and indecision are a throwback to last season's horror shows against Birmingham and Liverpool.
Albion's No 2 is hoping that the players can take a leaf out of his book and snuff out the opposition, so they can return to winning ways on Saturday.
"We do a lot of defensive work on the training pitch but it is how we translate it in to a game" added Pearson.
"It is all about our approach to the game, and that is something we will look at. During our last two home games we have had opportunities to get something out of both of them, but we can't afford to concede goals like we have done.
"I can't put my finger on it and if there was something we could have put our finger on, we would have solved it by now.
"Basically, we have to be more difficult to beat. We have scored five goals in three home games and we should have more than three solitary points from that.
"The players want to put it right but I don't think there is any extra pressure on them because of Sunderland's record.
"The press will build it up but as far as we are concerned, it is about us getting back to our level of performance and that has got to be better than what we have dished up in the last couple of games - it's as simple as that."