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‘£2m is a steal’ Wigan Athletic looking to complete the move for Everton 21y/o

According to the Liverpool Echo, Wigan Athletic are on the verge of completing a deal to sign Everton defender Antonee Robinson on a permanent deal.

Dan from Football Manc Cave looks at whether it’s a good deal for the Latics.

The 21-year-old American international spent last season at the DW Stadium during a season-long loan, in which he made 26 appearances for the club.

Paul Cook was full of praise for Robinson throughout the season and is working hard to sign the left-back and more new faces, ahead of the new campaign which starts on August 3rd.

Admittedly, I wasn’t a massive fan of Robinson in the first part of the season. I remember watching him at Brentford away, Ollie Watkins ran circles around him all day. He looked a rabbit in the headlights, with no defensive abilities at all.

Although he was young and experienced, I thought he’d make a better winger as he’s got electric pace and good delivery into the box.

Injury comeback

The American suffered a leg injury on international duty, since returning he was outstanding. One of our best players in the run-in, without a doubt. He defended much better, read the game well, looked stronger in the tackle and braver to challenge. Just a complete transformation. Maybe I was too quick to judge. However, I think most Wigan fans doubted his defensive capabilities too in the early parts of the season.

It says a lot about his character. The youngster clearly worked hard off the pitch, recognised his frailties and worked to improve his all-around game. Straight away, that’s the sort of players you want at your club. Willing to learn, work hard and improve.

Robinson has the potential to be a very good left-back, the pace he has is frightening. Still only 21, he’ll be a starter next season if this deal does go through, and I expect him to just keep on improving. For £2 million, it’s a steal.

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