Could young Antonee be the answer to Everton’s left back problem?
Everton and left backs haven’t really gone hand in hand this season. With the injuries to Leighton Baines, Luke Garbutt not even being registered by Ronald Koeman and Cuco Martina having to be a makeshift in the position which you could describe his performances as not the best but not worst.
With all that going on some people might have forgot or not realised that Everton have two other left back options which aren’t with the club at the minute. Brendan Galloway who’s loan at Sunderland should have been cut short after a very disappointing season where he hasn’t managed to nail down a place on the bench and also Antonee Robinson at Bolton Wanderers.
Antonee has been on Everton’s books since the age of 11 and has had a difficult time at Everton over recent years with a few long term injuries. Despite the injuries though he worked his way back to full fitness and played a pivotal role in the U23 team which won the title last season under David Unsworth.
After such a good season under Unsworth, Antonee was handed a new 2 year deal and then joined Championship side Bolton Wanderers on loan till January. The lad put it some decent performances and the loan got extended until the end of this season.
Many Bolton fans have been delighted with Antonee’s performances this season and wishing him to stay at the club. Wanderers fans saying how his pace and attacking threat have been his standout qualities. Antonee’s form has been so good it’s earned him a call up to the USA National Team for the very first time, which is pretty impressive for the young lad and it is well deserved.
Great going forward. Blistering pace, can be shakey at times on the ball but overall very sound. Got a lot of room for improvement and has a massive future! If he has someone who he can build a good relationship on that left wing, the sky is the limit!
— Reece Jones (@reecejones_3) 18 March 2018
As you can see from just a few of the handful of tweets which I picked above the Bolton fans seem to be loving the lad and he seems to have impressed massively and done a much better job than most thought he would do.
Now the question that needs to be raised is, can Antonee come into the Everton squad next season and make an impact? That question can only be answered one way, by giving him a chance
Our options on the left next season seem to be Leighton Baines and Luke Garbutt thus far. But with Baines’ age and Garbutt not really get any sort of chance to show his quality which we seen all them years ago now in the Europa League under Roberto Martinez (Fulham and Wigan didn’t really see any of that), It is time to look elsewhere and with Luke Shaw’s name being mentioned with a move to Goodison (None of that thank you) it wouldn’t be the stupidest thing in the world to give young Antonee a chance.