Antonee Robinson Profile
|Born||Aug 08, 1997|
|Birthplace||Milton Keynes, England|
Antonee Robinson is an American soccer player (footballer), born in Milton Keynes in England. He plays for Fulham in the Premier League and the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT).
Robinson came through Everton's academy and had loan spells at Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic before signing for the latter on a permanent basis.
In August 2020, following Wigan's relegation from the Championship, Robinson signed for Fulham, who won promotion to the Premier League in the same season that his former club dropped down from England's second tier.
Antonee Robinson and Everton
Robinson joined Everton's academy at the age of 11 in 2008 and signed a scholarship with the Toffees in June 2013, becoming a full-time player.
Robinson's spell in the U-18 side was hampered by injuries, but he appeared for the U-21 side towards the end of the 2014/15 season and was awarded Everton's Under-18 Players' Player of the Season prize. At the end of the campaign, he signed his first professional contract with the Toffees.
A torn cartilage under his kneecap kept Robinson out for much of the 2015/16 season, but he signed a new one-year contract with the club in July 2016. At the end of the 2016/17 season, he signed a two-year extension.
Gaining experience with Bolton Wanderers
Robinson signed a loan deal with Bolton Wanderers at the start of the 2017/18 season which was supposed to keep him at the club until January. He established himself as the first choice left-back ahead of Andrew Taylor, and on 5 January, it was announced that he had agreed to stay at the club until the end of the campaign.
Robinson made a total of 34 appearances for Bolton during the course of the 2017/18 season as the team finished 21st in the Championship.
Spell at Wigan Athletic and AC Milan interest
Robinson signed for Wigan Athletic in a season-long loan deal in August 2018. After making 26 appearances for the Latics in the 2018/19 Championship season, he joined the club permanently on a three-year contract in July 2019.
So impressive was Robinson's form in the 2019/20 Championship season that he caught the eyes of AC Milan, who were set to sign him from Wigan for $13million before the end of the January transfer window on 31 January 2020.
However, Robinson's move to the Rossoneri broke down as a result of a heart rhythm irregularity discovered during his medical for which further testing could not be completed before the transfer deadline.
In March, it was revealed that Robinson would undergo cardiac ablation.
"This is an issue that needs sorting before I can play again," he said.
"I wanted to update our supporters on my current situation as I have had a number of people asking if I'm okay and why I have not played since January.
"During my medical for a potential transfer to AC Milan on deadline day, an irregularity was picked up in my heart rhythm.
"Further testing was required to ensure the move could be finalised and ratified, though there was not enough time to complete this before the deadline.
"Since my return to Wigan, I have been training with the team whilst being monitored and I have undergone a period of testing and treatment.
"Following consultation with the club's medical staff and independent specialists, it has been decided that I will need a medical procedure later this month to address the irregularity in my heart rhythm - a procedure called an ablation."
He returned to training with the Latics in June.
"I would like to thank everyone who has supported me over the last few months, with a special thanks to club doctor Jonathan Tobin, the club's medical staff and all of the team involved at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital," Robinson said upon his return.
"I can't wait to get back to doing what I love."
Robinson joined newly-promoted Premier League club Fulham in August 2020 for a reported fee of Â£2million. Under Scott Parker, Robinson & co. would set out to avoid relegation in their first season back in the top flight in 2020/21.
He made his Premier League debut for the Cottagers on 4 October against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Robinson's international career
"My Grandma moved to the US from Jamaica and my Dad moved there when he was nine years old, so he grew up there and played football in college over there. That's how I've got my citizenship," he explained to Wigan Athletic's official website.
Having been capped at U-18 level by the US, Robinson was invited to both England and the USA's U-21 camps, accepting the call from the US.
On 28 May 2018, he made his debut for the US senior Men's National Team, picking up an assist in a 3-0 win over Bolivia.
Robinson's love of Star Wars saw him earn the nickname "Jedi".
"When I was growing up I used to love Star Wars as a kid and it caught on from me being about five-years-old. I started getting called Jedi by team-mates and coaches as well growing up and it's stuck so much that I introduce myself as Jedi these days just to make it easier. There's quite a bit of force in it," he said to Wigan Athletic's official website.
When he was young, Robinson looked up to Thierry Henry. He said: "Arsenal were my favourite team as a kid because of him. I played as a forward or a left winger as a kid and used to score a lot of goals. I loved the way he played with his pace and dribbling ability and his finishing was unreal."
As for his time at Everton, Robinson has said that Leighton Baines, who occupied the first choice left-back spot for a lengthy period of time, was the player who inspired him the most.
Reported net worth
According to Spotrac, Robinson earns a weekly salary of Â£60,000 at Fulham as of the 2020/21 season.