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Report: Everton, Fulham join race for Antonee Robinson

Antonee Robinson looked set to join English Premier League side Sheffield United, but his move has reportedly been put on hold due to new interested parties.

Robinson’s former club Everton and recently promoted Fulham have joined the race for the young left back, Sky Sports reported on Thursday. Sheffield United had a bid of roughly $2.6 million accepted by Wigan Athletic back on Monday, but the latest involvement of both Everton and Fulham have put a hold on a move to Bramall Lane.

Robinson had been linked with a move away from the Latics, with AC Milan, Leicester City, West Ham United, and West Bromwich Albion all in the mix for his signature earlier this year. Hammers boss David Moyes even watched Robinson in action when Wigan Athletic tied Charlton Athletic 2-2 earlier this summer.

AC Milan was linked to Robinson in the January Transfer Window, but an irregular heart rhythm found in his medical forced the Rossoneri to pull out of a proposed $10 million deal.

Following Wigan Athletic’s relegation to League One last week, a clause in Robinson’s contract would allow teams to pay roughly £6-8 million less than previously expected for his services.

The 22-year-old left back was one of Wigan’s top performers this season, his first since joining the club on a permanent move from Everton. Robinson made 39 combined appearances for the Latics, scoring one goal and adding one assist. He was also named to the EFL Championship Team of the Week on several occasions.

Robinson came through the ranks at Everton’s Academy, eventually working as high as the Under-23’s before signing a new two-year contract after the 2016-17′ season. However, he never made his senior debut for Everton,  eventually heading out on separate loans to then-EFL Championship sides Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic from 2017-19′.

Born in Milton Keynes, Robinson has earned seven caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team, but only one since Gregg Berhalter took over as head coach. He played 80 minutes in a 1-0 friendly loss to Jamaica back in July 2019, but also remains a potential Olympic option for the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team due to this summer’s Olympic Games being postponed to 2021.

Sheffield United finished ninth in the EPL this season, with a late-season slump costing the Blades a chance at European competition.

Everton finished 12th, five points outside of the top ten while Fulham defeated Brentford 2-1 in the EFL Playoff Final earlier this month to gain promotion back to the top-flight.

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  1. Fulham looking like the leader now. This only makes sense if they move Joe Bryan who almost single handily won the promotion playoff. Don’t mind a Ream/Robinson left side tandem.

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  2. bears reminding he was not in fashion when we were last playing international games — dest was preferred. and that this coach loves playing time and punishes sitting players, even if they were capped the other day and produced. so going someplace higher up the table to sit might make the snobs happy but will probably hurt his chances with GB — if he sits.

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  3. I think I’d stay away from Everton, considering how his last stint there went. Everton are no doubt going to bring in bigger players this transfer window to contend for the Premier League title, potentially putting his playing time at risk again!

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  4. A fun lineup for USA?

    5-3-2 with Dest and Robinson as wingbacks
    Mckennie and Adams supporting Reyna in midfield
    Pulisic (free role) paired with, let’s say, Sargent or whomever, up front.
    Just experimenting here of course.

    I actually like the 4 2 3 1 for the national team, but against a Brazil, for example,..?

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    • we already tried half of your theorized backline against either mexico or brazil and it didn’t work. the idea is to have some wingbacks who can mark.

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  5. (1) Let’s just say for laughs and giggles that all chances for playing time are the same among all the mentioned clubs. Wouldn’t you want to play for Ancelotti? He’s like a tactical savant. I’d imagine a guy could learn loads from him.
    (2) Is the sudden interest in Robinson because he’s an incredible bargain?

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    • IMO Sheffield is probably the best fit since they use wingbacks and AR is probably more of a natural wingback than he is a left back.

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      • fulham would be his better bet because it’s a weaker promoted team with less emphasis on defense. he goes to blades they already have a good defense and midtable quality and he will be a backup. i’ve already read stuff hinting they would expect improvement in his defense. that’s like you’re being brought in as a side project because they wouldn’t trust you to start.

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