Robinson joins Wigan

Monday, 15 July, 2019 14comments  |  Jump to last
Antonee Robinson's move to Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee has been confirmed.

The USA international has moved from Everton in a deal reportedly worth £2m and signs a three-year contract with the Latics, the club where he spent last season on loan.

He spent a decade st Everton coming through the Finch Farm academy but remained behind Lucas Digne and Leighton Baines coming into the new campaign.


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Derek Knox
1 Posted 15/07/2019 at 20:44:50
Hopefully the actual details of this will come out later, but I personally thought the lad was decent enough to hang on to. I know his contract was running down, so maybe he wanted a move for regular football, but @£2M for an International does seem a bit too generous.
Kieran Kinsella
2 Posted 15/07/2019 at 21:13:57
Interesting that Joe Royle is on the board at Wigan. Not suggesting he made the call but as the former ambassador overseeing our loanees I am sure he discussed the player with Paul Cook.
Robert Leigh
3 Posted 15/07/2019 at 21:20:54
As others have said/will say, slightly disappointing this given he seemed close enough to come through.

I'm sure we'll have something in place should he sign, especially given it isn't too far away when he reportedly had the choice of Brentford too.

Peter Gorman
5 Posted 15/07/2019 at 22:30:41
Mike will be upset and I admit I am a bit too, especially if the price is so cheap.

Good luck young Robinson.

Mike Gaynes
6 Posted 15/07/2019 at 22:52:26


I plan to be in a pissy mood for the rest of the day.

Si Smith
7 Posted 15/07/2019 at 23:49:06
Ridiculous fee if you ask me, look at the money the shite pick up for no mark kids, we have just took £2m for a USA international and an English u21 international in Galloway.

Really really hope these lads have good careers, but even more importantly I hope we have huge sell on clauses attached for them if they kick on.

Neil Lawson
8 Posted 16/07/2019 at 08:30:37
This makes no sense to me. Leighton Baines has a 1-year extension only. If either he or Digne picks up a significant injury who is their back up?

Surely another season on loan for an international full-back with a promising future. And the fee!! Wigan must think that it's December 25.

Sam Hoare
9 Posted 16/07/2019 at 09:22:33
I'm surprised at how small the fee is. Apparently there are sell on and first option clauses so can only imagine they are very stilted in our favour.

I guess Silva and Brands took a good look at the player and worked out that he's not likely to challenge Baines in the near future. Better for him to have a more settled role at a club. If we have a cheap first option, then could be good for everyone.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
10 Posted 16/07/2019 at 09:40:30
Sam #9 - we know what you mean.

I think he is unlikely to be DoF in the near future. Challenging Digne maybe.

Proves I was reading. Good comment and nice assurances.

Martin Mason
11 Posted 16/07/2019 at 09:41:49
I trust the club now. Getting people off the books who aren't going to make it is very important and it is a very good favour to the players to enable them to move on and find their own level in the game.
Jay Wood

12 Posted 16/07/2019 at 13:26:20
Robinson was a very impressive performer in the PL2 winning side of three seasons back against players of his own age.

Other than pre-season last season, I haven't seen much of him in an Everton shirt since then. And he didn't impress in those pre-season games. A couple of times I saw him play international football for the US, he had his good moments, but he was also found wanting defensively on more than one occasion.

By all accounts, he did well in his two loan spells at Bolton and Wigan in the Championship. Brands and his staff would have been monitoring him. Silva would also have had a chance to assess him.

The upfront fee as reported does seem low, but Wigan got him at that price probably because of the suggested sell-on clauses that could benefit Everton in the future should he blossom.

Is there not a frequent complaint by some on TW that we hang on to academy players too long in the hope they will finally make the grade and break into the first team, only to see many of them leave for free or a nominal fee?

If this is the 'new model' under Brands, I like it. ٠ million in the bank now is better than unfulfilled promise and no monetary return 2 years from now.

Justin Doone
13 Posted 16/07/2019 at 14:12:14
I'm not sure what's worst: selling a potentially very good left back on the cheap or buying an injury-prone midfielder for 㾶M who was in his last year of his contract and is no better than 3rd choice for us.

I hope we inserted a buy-back clause into Robinsons deal I really do.

Why couldn't we get Delph on loan or free? We probably save city ٣M a year on salary.

I hope he's on a play-and-we-pay deal but, knowing us, we probably offered to double his Man City salary. Idiots... so many idiots at our club.

And we sold Vlasic because??
Now we need to get rid of Schneiderlin asap.

Jim Hardin
14 Posted 16/07/2019 at 14:28:08
Good for him since he's not on Silva's radar. Glad to see him go somewhere to play regularly. Also glad he didn't pull a Donovan and decide to play in the MLS.

Too often, we accuse players of taking the easy route. He isn't, which shows some determination to prove himself. I think he is a very good player in the making when his defensive positioning and awareness improve to the level of his attacking skills.

I assume there are sell-on clauses and options in the contract which is how Everton should be doing things. Seems to work for Barcelona.

Si Smith
15 Posted 16/07/2019 at 15:04:58
Jay @12.

Your last paragraph about this being the new model of the club under Brands.

My thoughts lent a little towards this, the way we will lose Galloway and Garbutt makes me feel were better off with a couple of million per player than nothing. That said, I really hope we have buy-back and sell-on benefits added in clauses.

I have a feeling Dowell will be sold next pre-season, again I hope we stack up a load of clauses because I can't help but feel he will become a really decent player by the time he's around the 25-year-old mark.

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