Antonee Robinson out on loan until January

Friday 4 August 2017  19 Comments  [Jump to last]
Bolton Wanderers have signed defender Antonee Robinson on loan from Everton until January.

The 19-year-old left-back is yet to make a senior appearance for the Toffees but played three games for their U23s in last season's EFL Trophy and was a major player in the side that won the Premier League 2 title.

"As soon as I heard about the opportunity to come to Bolton Wanderers I was buzzing," Robinson said.

"He has great athleticism, he's hungry and was keen to join. He's a good addition," boss Phil Parkinson said.  

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Dave Abrahams
1 Posted 04/08/2017 at 20:29:40
Another youngster has left the club on loan: Antonee Robinson has joined Bolton Wanderers until January; players who can play left back are going by the minute.

John Dean
2 Posted 05/08/2017 at 07:24:37
After almost a year out with injury, this lad progressed very quickly last season in the U23s, often being the standout performer. I'll watch his time at Bolton with interest and expectation.
Ajay Gopal
3 Posted 05/08/2017 at 08:29:00
With Calum Connolly rumoured to be a make-weight in the Sigurdsson deal, the only credible back-up to Baines is Garbutt, who himself has not had much competitive football. I wonder if all this points to us buying a new full back?
Steve Ferns
4 Posted 05/08/2017 at 09:05:40
Garbutt never featured in pre-season. It was all Connolly. So, either Connolly will stay or we will sign another backup. Or maybe Cuco Martina can cover here too.
Dave Williams
5 Posted 05/08/2017 at 09:07:26
Ajay, I guess this is why Ron is after a left sided centre-back who can also play left-back.

Without one, we are in trouble if Baines gets injured – unless we have the option of recalling one of the lads who are out on loan.

Mark Rankin
6 Posted 05/08/2017 at 09:32:03
Browning and Galloway playing for Sunderland too. The Championship has got a lot of interest for the Blues this season!
Ajay Gopal
7 Posted 05/08/2017 at 10:32:57
Mark (#6), Sunderland holds a lot of interest for me this year. Virtually, a 'B-team' of Everton loanees and ex-players: Galloway, Browning, 'Big Mouth' Gibson, McGeady, James Vaughan, Rodwell, Oviedo.

Apparently, Browning had a good game yesterday against Derby – Galloway, not so much.

Gary Edwards
8 Posted 05/08/2017 at 10:45:01
Like JD, I'll enjoy watching how well Robinson does with Bolton.

The commentator on Thursday's game also suggested that Kenny would be loaned out too.

I think our first team squad would be best served by having both of these lads in it. Bringing in squad members that were 3rd choice at lesser clubs doesn't make sense.

Koeman's / Walsh's / the club's strategy looks flawed and I feel that has been more than reflected in frankly very poor showings in our European games where our shortcomings were very evident and will only be compounded by bad decisions such as this one.

James Morgan
9 Posted 05/08/2017 at 11:00:27
Gary, I don't know how you can call it a bad decision. The lad has played zero minutes of first team football, it will do him no end of good to go out and get some experience in a tough league. We will likely be bringing in experienced cover for left back and should we need him later in the season it's only till January anyway.
Barry Pearce
10 Posted 05/08/2017 at 11:15:33
Seen this lad play quite a few times, I think he his a good prospect.

It's good he will be getting game time, in a tough league.

Gary Edwards
11 Posted 05/08/2017 at 11:19:49
James, with Connolly looking like he's going to form part of the Sigurdsson deal, Funes Mori injured, Galloway loaned out, Garbutt couldn't even make Wigan's starting XI last season. Unless they have an incoming top class left-back/ left centre-back and I've totally overlooked someone else, then it's a bad decision.

Robinson is that fast, can tackle, attacks like no-one we've seen at left-back/ left wing-back. Sure he's raw and inexperienced but can't they coach him to do what they need him to do?

How many games has Baines averaged per season for the past 3 seasons? How many will we play this season?

Peter Gorman
12 Posted 05/08/2017 at 12:43:31
It is only until January for now, so sounds like a good loan. I also rate Robinson as a prospect if somewhat behind Kenny in terms of the here and now.

So we need a left-sided defender who can cover left-back too? Joleon Lescott anyone?

Ajay, by calling Gibson 'big mouth' are you referring to his pub rant to the fans, calling out his teammates? Extraordinary stuff...

James Morgan
13 Posted 05/08/2017 at 12:50:12
Gary, I don't doubt the lads quality but he's got no experience what so ever playing first team football. Koeman has made clear he wants cover for left-back and centre-half so I imagine we will get someone in who can slot straight in should we need it.

I'm all for giving young lads a chance by the way but not all of them will shine straight away like Davies. I reckon he will come back much improved from Bolton if he plays regularly.

Ronald has judged the youngsters' play time quite well so far in my eyes so I trust him on this one.

Fran Mitchell
14 Posted 05/08/2017 at 14:14:29
People moaning about a lad with zero first-team gametime going out on loan to get experience.

They ain't being flogged. This looks a great chance for a player to play competitively a good 15-20 games.

If he is a star, he may well be in our First team in January. If he does okay, he may well extend the loan and get more valuable experience.

3 years Ago, all the young lads we had and thought were wunderkids went to League Two teams on loan. Now It is to The Championship. A real sign that they are of better quality.

Alan J Thompson
16 Posted 05/08/2017 at 14:50:53
They have to go out on loan as only those bought by this manager will be given game time. It surprises me that there are that many managers out there who can improve them.
Daniel Lim
17 Posted 05/08/2017 at 15:47:18
I thought the rule has changed that loan has to be full season no longer allow half a season. Someone mentioned that on TW.
Peter Roberts
18 Posted 06/08/2017 at 09:49:30
Sure let's throw a completely untested kid into the Premier League, watch him get slaughtered and have his confidence knocked to the point his career tails off and he just becomes another one of a large number of failed Academy products.

Going out on loan didn't do Coleman, Osman or even Barkley any harm.

John Dean
19 Posted 06/08/2017 at 09:59:22
Good point, well made, Fran, about the standard of teams taking our loan players. Evidence of the skill, strength and pace needed by our boys to hold down starting places was there for all to see on last night's highlights show. A long, long way above U23 level.

I was pleased to note Conor McAleny continued his goals per game ratio for Fleetwood yesterday when he scored twice. He didn't benefit from loan spells.

Bill Griffiths
20 Posted 06/08/2017 at 10:02:40
I watched Garbutt in their friendly 6-1 win against Flint and while Flint don't play at the highest of standards he had a very good game and looked more like the Garbutt of old.

I wanted to watch them yesterday against Bangor City but had previously arranged to abseil down Liverpool Cathedral. I don't know how well he played but he did score the second goal from the penalty spot.

Based on his display against Flint, I would be happy to put him in if Baines is out for any reason.

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