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Player Analysis: Antonee Robinson

Antonee Robinson: Who Is He? 

  • Name – Antonee Robinson 
  • Age – 08/08/1997 (23 years old)
  • Rookie Season / Team – 2016 / Bolton Wanderers (on loan from Everton)
  • Nationality – American 
  • International Caps (Goals) – 10 (0)
  • Position – Left Back 
  • Current Team / League – Fulham / English Premier League

Career Overview 

Despite his allegiance to the USA, Antonee Robinson was actually born in Milton Keynes in the UK and joined Everton’s academy when  he was 11 years old. Robinson moved through the youth ranks, despite suffering numerous injuries that kept him on the sidelines, and he signed his first professional contract in 2014. 

Unfortunately, more injuries meant Robinson would not make his professional debut until 2017 where Everton loaned him to Bolton Wanderers in the Championship. His first game came in an EFL Cup win over Crewe Alexandra, and he made his league debut in a 3-0 loss to Middleborough. During the 2017/18 season, he made 30 league appearances and 35 appearances overall, registering 5 assists in all competitions as Bolton barely survived relegation to League One. 

In May, Robinson made his international debut for USA in a friendly against Bolivia where he also registered an assist. 

Robinson spent the following season in the Championship again, this time on loan to Wigan Athletic who has just been promoted back to England’s second tier. He immediately slotted into the team, making his league debut on the first day of the season in a 30-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday, and appeared in 26 games, playing every minute he was available for.

He joined Wigan permanently in the summer and was linked with a $13 million move to AC Milan in the January 2020 transfer window, although a heart rhythm irregularity forced the club to put the move on hold. Like the previous season, Robinson was a regular fixture in the squad, playing 38 games and providing one goal and one assist. Wigan were relegated at the season’s end. 

His Season So Far 

Despite Wigan’s relegation, Robinson was still regarded as one of the more promising young left-backs in the Championship and he joined Fulham for $2.7 million in August. He was not included in the squad for the first two games and spent the third on the bench. He started in Fulham’s game against Wolves, deployed as a left-back, and featured in the next fifteen games as Fulham hovered around the bottom three places. 

During his time, Robinson was used as both a left-back and left-midfielder and received the first red card of his career against Chelsea. He returned to the first-team immediately following his suspension as Fulham steadied the ship and shore up their defense. Following his return, Fulham overcame the likes of Everton and Liverpool and registered four clean sheets from January to April. 

Since his suspension, though, Scott Parker has not relied on Robinson as much as he had earlier in the season, and he has completed 90 minutes just four times since the end of January. 

How Do His Stats Look?

Fulham have not has the greatest of times this season, and have never been higher than 17th, including four days at the very bottom of the league. This has not helped Robinson’s stats, although Fulham have still conceded fewer than six other teams in the league, and share a GA record with Wolves, who they played on Friday. 

His personal stats give some indication of his capability and impact for Fulham. He has a tackle success rate of 61% and made 33 interceptions throughout the 24 games he has played in so far. Robinson has also won more duels than he has lost, with 117 to 73, and made 47 clearances. There are also no mistakes leading to a goal, which is always something a defender wants to see. 

He has not spent the entire season as a left-back, though. Robinson has played 10 games at left-midfield, but these stats are not much to write home about. He has provided no assists or scored a goal, and from 80 crosses, his accuracy is just 25%. 

Why Has Robinson’s Value Increased? 

Soccer car values can be fickle, just like soccer itself. Although Antonee Robinson is not in high demand, the same way that Kevin De Bruyne or Mason Mount are, you might see his soccer card value rise as often as it falls. Here are a few reasons this has happened over the season.

  • Robinson’s profile has risen due to Premier League football
  • Previous reputation, especially with AC Milan’s interest in signing him last year. 
  • Increased interest in soccer cards 
  • Increased interest in young American players

Antonee Robinson: Predictions for the Future 

You never know what might happen in soccer, and Antonee Robinson is a good example of this. Depending on his future, he could see a significant increase in value, or his cards could plummet if Fulham endure relegation as it’s more difficult than you’d expect to get out of the Championship.

  • Consistency: it’s hard to maintain consistency in a club struggling at the bottom of the league, and Robinson’s suspension disrupted his consistency, making it difficult to find a place in the team.
  • Form: Likewise, good form is scarce when you only have four wins all season. Robinson will need to recapture his form that made him a standout player in the Championship last season.
  • Club Form: Before Christmas, many expected relegation for Fulham. Although they have not transformed dramatically, they have fixed some problems, which could have a positive impact on Robinson when he gets back into the team.
  • Honors: You can’t expect Fulham to achieve anything this season, but if relegated, there’s a chance for them to win the Championship as their squad is certainly good enough for it.
  • International Performance: Robinson is yet to nail down a position for the USA and has Barcelona’s Sergiño Dest as competition for the Left-Back position. He may still play a part in the Gold Cup in the summer, though. 

Summary 

While far from an exciting young player like Harvey Barnes, Robinson’s early career certainly captured the attention of managers. He may have plateaued, or regressed slightly since his links with AC Milan. But he has proven to be an important player for Fulham in the Championship, and maybe he needs time to adapt to the Premier League. At this stage, we’re unlikely to see him move to a bigger club, but he is entering his prime, and this could benefit him. 

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