The fact that 32-year-old Leighton Baines is the only natural left-back at Everton’s disposal speaks volumes about the lack of balance in an ill-fitting squad.
The Toffees sold Bryan Oviedo in January, left Luke Garbutt out of their 25-man Premier League squad and loaned Brendan Galloway out to Sunderland. And that’s without mentioning Antonee Robinson, the 20-year-old USA youth star who was sent to Championship side Bolton Wanderers in the summer.
“I thought he was unbelievable,” Henry told the Bolton News of Robinson, who was an integral part of David Unsworth’s Premier League 2 winning side last season.
“I was trying to talk to him as a young player but he didn’t need it one little bit. He was like an old pro back there. He’s clearly a Premier League player and I think the manager has done well to get him on board.
“In the modern game all players are athletes and he’s certainly that. He’s quick, he’s strong, good on the ball and showed such a mature head for such a young player at Sunderland.
“I am sure it won’t be long before he’s playing week-in, week-out for Everton Football Club because he’s that good, for me.”
Robinson signed a new two year contract at Everton shortly before moving to the Macron Stadium on a loan spell until January. And if Everton are indeed watching the youngster closely, they will no doubt have been impressed by his performances.
Robinson has now started six Championship games for Bolton. And if he maintains this current form, there’s no reason to believe Robinson can’t provide some much needed back-up for Baines in the near future.