Karl Henry's comments on Bolton's Antonee Robinson shows Everton have a star

Everton coach David Unsworth celebrates after the NI Super Cup U21 football match between Everton and Espanyol at Coleraine Showgrounds on July 21, 2016 in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

Everton loaned Antonee Robinson to Bolton Wanderers until January - and the young left-back has made an excellent impression so far.

Leighton Baines of Everton celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on November 5, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

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.

While Galloway has struggled badly at Sunderland, however, Robinson has taken his chance at Bolton in style – and he certainly has a keen admirer in Trotters midfielder Karl Henry.

Diafra Sakho of West Ham United and Antonee Robinson of Bolton Wanderers battle for possession during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers at The...


“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.”

Conor Wilkinson of Bolton Wanderers and Antonee Robinson of Everton during the Checkatrade Trophy group match between Bolton Wanderers and Everton under-23s at Macron Stadium on August 30,...

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.

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