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Anotonee Robinson 49

 

Antonee Robinson joined Everton’s Academy at the age of 11.

The skilful defender became a first-year scholar in the summer of 2013, but found himself on the sidelines through injury for the Under-18s’ title run-in. He bounced back the following campaign to make a handful of appearances for David Unsworth's Under-21s side and signed his first pro deal in July 2015.

In May 2015, he picked up the Under-18s Players' Player of the Season honour at the annual Academy Awards.

"I've never won a Players' Player award before," he told evertontv. "I think I've had a good season so it's nice to know it's been appreciated. I was quite unlucky to miss pre-season in Austria being ill, before missing the tournament in South Africa because I fractured my knee and I didn't really get back until November.

"Luckily I managed to get back in the team, played well at the Dallas Cup and then David Unsworth brought me into the Under-21s towards the end of the season. Overall, it's been a good year after a frustrating start so it's great to have my efforts recognised."

And in July, he traveled with the first team to Singapore as part of the squad for the Barclays Asia Trophy but didn't get to play in either of the games. He turned out in a few of the Under-21 pre-season games and started the first game of the season for them, was a sub in the second, before his knee flared up again and it would keep him sidelined for 10 months and the entire 2015-16 season. However, The Academy staff expressed enough faith in Antonee's potential to give him another year when his contract expired in 2016.

Robinson was an important member of the Under-18s team that won the Dallas Cup in 2016 and helped the Under-23s to the Premier League 2 title in May 2017. The young left back, for whom many at the club have high hopes as a long-term successor to Leighton Baines, put pen to paper on his latest professional deal in July 2017 and expressed his desire to make his full Blues debut in the upcoming season.

“I'm buzzing," he told evertontv. "I've been at Everton for eight years now and just delighted to keep that going. This is the longest professional contract I've signed. I'm looking to kick on and keep improving as a player, knowing that my future is here.

“I feel like I need first-team football this coming season, whether I impress during pre-season and stay here or end up going on out on loan somewhere. I feel like I did quite well last season, played most of the games and that is the next step for me now.

“Every pre-season is extremely important because it sets you up for the year. You don't want to miss a session and fall behind everyone else."

The Milton Keynes-born defender, nicknamed "Jedi", represented the United States at youth level before going to become a fully-fledged international as his country sought to rebuild following theirt failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

After a very good season with the Under-23s that secured the Premier League 2 trophy, Robinson was one of nearly a dozen Everton youngsters who went out on extended loan, when he joined Bolton Wanderers in the Championship for the full season.  It turned into a protracted battle against relegation near the foot of the Championship, but Robinson gained a lot from the ultimately successful campaign, as The Trotters stayed up on the final day of the season.  Robinson's record of 34 appearances and 4 assists being a good testament to his performance overall.

Robinson showed some competence at left-back in the pre-season games under Marco Silva in July 2018 but it was not enough to deter the new management team from signing Lucas Digne from Barcelona, pushing Antonee down the pecking order and forcing another season-long loan to the Championship, this time with Wigan Athletic.

Everton were insistent, however, that Robinson agree to a new 3-year contract with the club that committed him through June 2021 and despite picking up an anke injury, he would go on to play 26 games in the Championship .

He traveled with the senior side to Kenya for the preseason friendly against Kariobangi Sharks in July 2019 and featured in the second half of that game but within days he would secure a permanent move to Wigan for £2m.

With a total of 7 caps for the USA as a full international, including some high-profile games against France, Brazil and Colombia, it may have been expected that he would be retained as backup for Lucas Digne at left-back. But a one-year contract extension given to Leighton Baines indicated that Silva and Brands were willing to consider selling him.

 

FactFile

Squad number 49
Position Defender
Nationality USA
Born Milton Keynes
Date of birth 8 August 1997
Height 6'-0" (1.83 m)
Joined from Everton Academy
Graduated July 2014
Signed under Roberto Martinez
Transfer fee No Fee
Contract duration 2 + 1 + 2 + 3 years
Contract expires June 2021
Full debut Under-23s only
Left Everton 15 July 2019
Left for Wigan Athletic, £2m
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2015-16
49
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
2016-17 49 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2017-18 49* 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2018-19 49* 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2019-20 49 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
  Totals 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
* On Season-long loans at Bolton Wanderers and then Wigan Athletic

Loan Spells

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2017-18 Bolton Wanderers 26 (4) 4 (0) 0 0
2018-19 Wigan Athletic 26 (0) 0 (0) 0 0

Academy U21s/U23s Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
           
2014-15 Under-21s 6 (0) 1 (0) 0 0
2015-16 Under-21s 1 (0) 0 (0) 0 0
2016-17 Under-23s  14 (2) 6 (1)  0 0
2017-18 Under-23s  On Season-long loan at Bolton Wanderers
2018-19 Under-23s On Season-long loan at Wigan Athletic
2019-20 Under-23s  

Academy U18s Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2013-14 Under-18s 5 (2)   0  
2014-15 Under-18s 11 (0) 0 (1) 0 0



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