Everton had a pretty hard time this season, particularly with regard to the left-back position, while Robinson was grabbing all the limelight playing in that position exactly for the Bolton Wanderers somewhere else. It shouldn’t come as a surprise if Everton recalls the talented American International during the summer transfer window.
As Leighton Baines is not expected to get back to action anytime soon and Luke Garbutt not there in the Premier league squad, Everton really needed to take some emergency measures. As a result, Cuco Martina’s playing time had to be extended, making him switch to the left back position. All this when Everton already had a left back doing brilliantly-well elsewhere.
Talking a bit more about Baines, he’s 33 years old now and is nursing a calf injury. With age and health not on his side, Everton have no option but to look for a replacement; or hope that he recovers and gets back to action soon. Perhaps Baines could take inspiration from this oldest footballer on the planet!
Antonee Robinson was loaned out to Bolton Wanderers at the start of the season, in the hope of giving him some good first-team experience, enabling him to gain some attributes that would be immensely useful to the team in the Premier League next season. The arrangement was only temporary and he was one among the many youngsters sent out by the Blues to that division.
Needless to say, Robinson has proved to be one of the major success stories for the club. After having been sidelined for the initial 5 weeks, the 20 year old footballer made his way into the first-team and performed exceedingly well. The defender became an integral part of Bolton’s strategy to survive in the league, which they did tremendously on the Championship season’s final day.
Makes it to the US’ first-team
Considering that he assisted 4 times in 34 appearances reveals how effectively and quickly he can move up and down the line, and can adapt to any situation. His brilliant form even earned him a call to United States’ most recent international squad. He made his debut on May 29 in a match against Bolivia, which US won easily with a score line of 3-0.
Robinson impressed everyone in that game, claiming an assist, creating 4 chances, completing 6 interceptions, making 4 dribbles and 4 tackles in what can be termed as a solid international debut. If he continues to perform this way, he has a very promising future at both Everton and USA. Everyone’s been actively discussing Robinson’s his performance on our forum as well!
Now the question is: where should he move in the short-term? Everton quite evidently has a left-back problem. They should have had looked for alternatives after Baines was gone, but waited till finding themselves in a terrible position last season. Baines on the other hand has expressed that he wants to stay at Goodison Park.
Regardless of his solid performances, no one can confidently say that Robinson is completely ready to challenge Baines already, though he might not find a better mentor than him.
Many are of the opinion that the youngster should stick around at Goodison Park next season, learn everything possible from Baines, while picking up appearances every now and then, before becoming a real contender for the first-team place.