The USA international signed for Wigan Athletic from the Toffees in a permanent deal after spending a year on loan with the Latics but he is now looking for a return to the Premier League just months after a permanent move to AC Milan fell through.
Wigan were relegated to League One from the Championship in controversial fashion following a points deduction at the end of the 2019-20 season and they recently accepted an offer of £2m from Sheffield United for Robinson.
However, according to reports, Everton and Fulham have joined the race to sign the fullback, with Marcel Brands looking to sign a replacement for Leighton Baines who announced his retirement at the end of last season.
Original Source: Sky Sports
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1 Posted 14/08/2020 at 05:57:43
He's clearly developed well since leaving, can play left-back or left-wingback, is a ‘cheap' signing (although, if we had any sense, we'd have had first option anyway), and knows the club.
Can't see any better options for the money, what's the downside?
2 Posted 14/08/2020 at 06:37:10
3 Posted 14/08/2020 at 06:40:26
The staff know his game inside out and let him go but are now considering him as a new signing.
If he does sign we are getting a full back that defends as a priority rather than a converted winger.
Not sure returning players ever work out.
4 Posted 14/08/2020 at 06:57:12
5 Posted 14/08/2020 at 07:13:14
6 Posted 14/08/2020 at 07:17:34
However, it can't be disputed that he has gained valuable experience with Wigan, and it could never have been envisaged what would happen to them.
The other side of the coin being, would he be satisfied (assuming we did bring him back) playing understudy to Digne, who generally is an ever-present?
Going against my opening statement, I wouldn't mind him back, but that would make Brands and his team look like they have made yet another expensive faux pas decision, so doubt whether that would happen.
Whatever the outcome, I wish Antonee all the best, and someone will get a bargain indeed for what is an experienced, yet still young International player!
7 Posted 14/08/2020 at 07:32:22
Heard we were thinking of Rodriguez from Milan – he may be a cheap alternative who has bags of top-flight experience round Europe.
8 Posted 14/08/2020 at 07:34:53
I'd have him back in a heartbeat, should never have been sold but instead nurtured and developed. If I was him ,I would steer well clear of us personally. Go to Sheffield fella, they play as a team, and you would be a starter.
9 Posted 14/08/2020 at 07:54:16
10 Posted 14/08/2020 at 07:57:23
11 Posted 14/08/2020 at 08:14:38
Baines has obviously retired and Digne wont be here forever so this move might suit both the club and the player now.
12 Posted 14/08/2020 at 08:27:11
13 Posted 14/08/2020 at 08:28:42
Why did he not have a sell-on clause? Very poor professionally by Brands. It's hard to see Robinson coming back, after the way he was treated, and to sit in the reserves.
14 Posted 14/08/2020 at 08:37:11
Ronaldo transformed physically and his effectiveness went through the roof after a season at Man Utd; presumably the same has happened with this boy.
I wouldn't be too hard on the club.
15 Posted 14/08/2020 at 08:37:50
16 Posted 14/08/2020 at 08:42:59
17 Posted 14/08/2020 at 08:44:58
Dont blame, shouldnt have been let go permanently as it was obvious Baines was coming to the end. The Brands shit show just keeps on going...
18 Posted 14/08/2020 at 08:49:00
Failing to sign him would be further evidence of how shambolic the club has become.
19 Posted 14/08/2020 at 08:53:41
There was a sell-on clause from what I know, so we would have got a decent chunk if he'd have gone to Milan. Wigan's unfortunate (and undeserved?) relegation activated his lower buyout.
At the time, the talk was that he wanted a permanent move and not another loan. I'd be surprised if he came back as Digne is so settled. If he were a right-back, he'd have much more chance of getting time.
20 Posted 14/08/2020 at 09:16:00
It's so simple to include and should not prevent their sale in anyway.
I think mentally, however, some players prefer the more permanent transfer decisions so they can continue their careers rather than a loan which could give false hope when it ends.
21 Posted 14/08/2020 at 09:24:54
22 Posted 14/08/2020 at 09:26:01
23 Posted 14/08/2020 at 09:36:51
But he certainly had / has potential without being ready for the Premier League. Just because Milan were interested is of little interest to me.
He's either good enough or not. He fits our blueprint of what we want and need or not.
Let's remember Garbutt who many felt was good enough; he certainly had better positional sense and end product (pass, cross) than Robinson but lacked pace and energy.
I think moving him on may have helped him with a fresh restart rather than 6 years of loans. But every player is different and like Kenny (who I do think is good enough), Brands has a few tough calls to make.
Either way, we need to keep future options open (ie, buy-back clauses).
24 Posted 14/08/2020 at 09:55:13
25 Posted 14/08/2020 at 10:08:31
We sold him as he had no pathway to the first team. He's developed and we now want him back? What's wrong with any of this? The lad probably wouldn't have signed a new deal would he just to be loaned out. It's a shit lifestyle after all.
He didn't want to stay at Everton first time because he wanted first-team football. We had a sell-on clause as well, but it's been voided by relegation, hasn't it?
I don't think we'll get him, mainly because both the other clubs can offer him better opportunities of first-team football I guess.
26 Posted 14/08/2020 at 10:09:53
27 Posted 14/08/2020 at 10:13:01
Spot on. Joe Williams shames Tom Davies and is better than him in every department. I'm not saying he should be starting in our midfield but he wouldn't be any worse than the players who currently are. He should have been afforded the chances Davies has been given and I'd bet he'd have cemented himself and got better.
Davies is given game after game after game and does NOTHING. He's absolutely shite. I can't bear him. It's shocking that Williams was allowed to go yet Davies has clocked up 100 games and has done fuck all in 99 of them. He had one decent game against Man City and has done jack shit since.
28 Posted 14/08/2020 at 10:17:14
I thought last summers recruitment was poor, unlucky with injuries but not signing a pacy centre back definitely set us back, but what a job Brands came into, the kids in the sweet-shop bought so much shite, and its not only rotten, its still massively hampering our finances.
29 Posted 14/08/2020 at 10:37:01
A lot of people are ripping Brands, but if we get him back for the same price we sold him for, it's basically like he spent the past year on loan.
Sure, it looks a bit silly, but it's not like Man Utd selling Pogba for the equivalent of the change between the couch cushions and then spending £80 million to get him back.
30 Posted 14/08/2020 at 10:39:51
31 Posted 14/08/2020 at 10:40:28
Silva liked him and I think he was in his plans, then Silva got his P45 and his comics and Joe was sold.
There was more fight, heart and spirit than most of the central midfielders left at Goodison. Unlucky with his initial injury and needs some luck to progress from where he is now.
32 Posted 14/08/2020 at 10:45:35
It is possible that he wants to, and can, leave Wigan for the same reason so criticism of Brands may be right out of order.
If Robinson is re-signed, this could also raise the question of how the young French lad we signed might feel given he could have thought himself 2nd choice left-back.
If we've only just seen what AC Milan may see then there is still a lot of work to be done in re-organizing the Academy.
Or, may be there is something in the agreement with Wigan that makes it advantageous to Everton to buy him back.
33 Posted 14/08/2020 at 10:46:11
34 Posted 14/08/2020 at 10:54:21
I see no problem with having sold him – he has clearly blossomed with regular football and with Baines and Digne ahead of him he was never going to get his chance with us.
With Baines now gone and Digne probably the one player we could sell to raise money who we could cover for (plus the idiot in goal). I can see the sense in this, if it is true.
35 Posted 14/08/2020 at 10:54:41
I was surprised the club sold him as I was expecting a loan and to monitor his performance in the Championship. It's a tough one, as he needs to play to progress, not waste away on the bench.
36 Posted 14/08/2020 at 11:04:46
A solution if this is the case, would be to buy Antonee back, then arrange a loan for him to a Premier League Club (with clauses) to further his learning and experience. Provided he was in agreement of course!
37 Posted 14/08/2020 at 11:08:59
38 Posted 14/08/2020 at 12:00:21
39 Posted 14/08/2020 at 12:11:30
Why are people so quick to take media stories as Gospel when they're negative towards the club?
Is it that some Evertonians actually enjoy the moaning and negativity?
40 Posted 14/08/2020 at 12:26:12
Why fans take any of it seriously until the player has signed for the club is beyond me. Perhaps, in the case of the lad who moved from Southampton to Tottenham, there was some blame to lay at the club's door as the cat was prematurely let out of the bag; however, it's almost impossible for any deal being completed without news of it leaking because of the immediacy of social media.
When the player is wheeled out for a press conference in his newly donned Everton shirt is the moment when I become truly engaged in the process; the rest of it is just noise.
41 Posted 14/08/2020 at 12:26:39
42 Posted 14/08/2020 at 12:42:18
43 Posted 14/08/2020 at 12:52:26
44 Posted 14/08/2020 at 12:56:24
Spot on. Hopefully Ancelotti will get proven coaches in for the youth and upwards, instead of ex-Everton players being given the positions, with no track record whatsoever.
45 Posted 14/08/2020 at 13:07:52
46 Posted 14/08/2020 at 13:07:55
This player specifically was reportedly deciding between 4 clubs so there are 3 disappointed parties here alone.
47 Posted 14/08/2020 at 13:15:44
48 Posted 14/08/2020 at 13:29:46
49 Posted 14/08/2020 at 13:44:22
50 Posted 14/08/2020 at 14:01:16
I just feel sometimes Everton take so much time over transfer dealings, so long that by the time we put a bid in other clubs have got involved.
51 Posted 14/08/2020 at 14:35:53
I think you'll find it has turned into a very complex deal and whether a fee of the amount you quote had been agreed is open to debate. Anyway, Sean Lunt has a twitter feed about the ins and outs of that deal plus the Allan deal which have somehow become intertwined:
52 Posted 14/08/2020 at 15:31:21
53 Posted 14/08/2020 at 15:48:21
Personally I'd give Lewis Gibson a crack at left-back back-up: decent left foot, calm passer of the ball out the back, and he is a centre-back too. Not as good attacking as Robinson but played successfully at left-back for England U17s before joining us.
54 Posted 14/08/2020 at 15:50:57
55 Posted 14/08/2020 at 16:15:54
Would he want to come back and not get regular game time? I'm not sure... but I doubt it.
Is there a plot afoot to let Digne go? I certainly hope not but who could blame him, playing with some of the numpties we have at the moment?
56 Posted 14/08/2020 at 16:19:37
57 Posted 14/08/2020 at 16:30:09
First, pride is at stake. Antonee may just think 'why go back to the club that didn't think I could progress to the first team?'
Second, surely he wants to be playing regularly now. If he is honest, he knows he will only be understudy to Digne at Everton.
I know some conspiracy theories believe Everton may sell Digne, but he – along with the names of Holgate, Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin – is a player Carlo Ancelotti said are 'not for sale'. And why sell what is currently your only first-team ready left-back?
58 Posted 14/08/2020 at 16:33:06
Letting him go was a mistake. Getting him back for the same money remedies the mistake. As Adam #26 says, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. And as Andrew #15 says, it sometimes works out really well.
Robinson has pace and guts. He came back from the heart surgery that scuppered his move to AC Milan and didn't miss a game for Wigan. There is no downside to this move... if he wants it.
59 Posted 14/08/2020 at 16:33:29
60 Posted 14/08/2020 at 16:48:09
Now that he would be second to Digne, he could be more than happy to come back as he will get game time.
He is not a guaranteed starter in any Premier League team he goes to. Enda Stevens did well for Sheffield Utd this season.
61 Posted 14/08/2020 at 17:27:34
If money is tight then Robinson is a no brainer - 2 young fellas vying to be the understudy to Digne. Given the number of games to be played in such a short timescale next season I can see one of them getting game time. If Robinson shows he can hack it in the Premier League, it raises his value and we get a decent profit if we come to sell (again).
No doubt EFC thought Baines would play til he was a pensioner and not leave this summer instead.
62 Posted 14/08/2020 at 17:38:28
However, we do need to strengthen the starting eleven as what we have is nowhere good enough so it will be interesting to see what happens over the next 50 days or so.
The rumor mill is working overtime and Everton are reportedly close to signing a whole bunch of players but I would hazard a guess that only one percent of those rumors are remotely true.
63 Posted 14/08/2020 at 18:05:20
64 Posted 14/08/2020 at 18:55:00
65 Posted 14/08/2020 at 19:15:13
66 Posted 14/08/2020 at 19:32:39
Yep! As has been reported pretty much all this month, Benfica pursued Cebolinha vigorously since Jorge Jesus returned to the club. Jesus even threw in a smokescreen that we were also negotiating for the player.
It's being reported as €22 million here in Brazil.
Looking forward to see how he does in Europe.
67 Posted 14/08/2020 at 19:41:36
68 Posted 14/08/2020 at 19:41:53
What would you have us do, spend £10-15m on a backup that may play 5 games? If we did that the same people would be back on here moaning that we were wasting money.
69 Posted 14/08/2020 at 20:18:01
They might well be seeing their dreams come true next season when youth might well be given its chance. The obscene waste of millions and millions on average players may be coming home to roost.
As an Evertonian, I demand to be entertained. Personally I'd be completely disinterested in watching a team with Davies, Kenny and Calvert-Lewin etc struggling every week with their limited technical abilities. I'd take about as much interest in Everton as the weather forecast if that ever happens.
We are very close to going the same way as Leeds United and Aston Villa, when they crashed out of the Premier League because of chronic mis-management... and so there might be no other choice than youth.
70 Posted 14/08/2020 at 21:32:08
71 Posted 14/08/2020 at 21:47:58
The mistake was to sell Robinson for pocket change rather than loan him out again.
Hopefully that will be rectified now.
72 Posted 14/08/2020 at 23:08:43
Pressure was on to keep Baines, with the proverbial Everton one year extension. Should have never been sold, Brands probably glad to get the chance of bring him back. A good back up to Digne at reasonable cost, that Brands and Everton know all about, with the bonus of now being medically fit.
Ancelotti probably has got the rundown from his contacts at AC Milan, no less.
73 Posted 15/08/2020 at 15:48:14
74 Posted 16/08/2020 at 10:30:35
Even if Baines hadn't been around last season, he would have known he wasn't going to be displacing Digne, and the Wigan move made huge sense.
What is criminal, is no buy-back clause or first-option clause was inserted for a young player, we all felt, had a really good shot at making it at a very good level.
75 Posted 18/08/2020 at 12:26:07
76 Posted 18/08/2020 at 19:28:00
We have never succeeded in bringing in any player to Everton who wanted to go to Spurs, Arsenal or Chelsea... look at who we have let go to these clubs from our own ranks. Try to think of one with the possible exceptions of Tony Cottee and Dave Thomas, a northerner so probably doesn't count, who came from London and did anything here.
Now even Fulham are a more attractive option... we really are in desperate straits and we need Saint Carlo to save us; he really is our last chance before we become a yoyo club like all the others. Tradition doesn't matter anymore and we are being drawn into this laundered money-swilled trough with the rest of them.
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