Antonee Robinson to Fulham has happened, as the youngster has his chance in the Premier League and the USMNT left back will battle to become a regular in the top-flight.
Fulhamerica is returning as Robinson signed a four-year deal at Craven Cottage.
Several Premier League teams were chasing Robinson, 23, who was in sensational form for Wigan Athletic in the second tier last season.
But due to Wigan going into administration, their 12-point penalty saw them relegated to the third-tier on the final day of the 2019-20 Championship season. The Everton academy product, who joined Wigan permanently in the summer of 2019 after a successful loan spell, almost joined AC Milan in January but a medical uncovered a heart issue which required surgery and the deal fell through.
Robinson has recovered superbly from that setback and several Premier League clubs including West Brom, Newcastle, West Ham and Sheffield United were battling to sign him for $2.6 million.
Fulham won the race to sign Robinson and he is delighted to be making the step up.
“I am made up to be a Fulham player. I was really excited to get down here and get everything signed. When the lads get back in here, I can’t wait to get going,” Robinson said. “I heard a few days ago that Scott Parker was interested in me and wanted to speak to me personally. We had a zoom call and he was really keen to get the deal done and for me to be a Fulham player. Fulham play a really nice style of football and I can see myself fitting in perfectly. As soon as I heard of the ambitions of the club it was an easy decision for me.”
Fulham director of operations Tony Khan added that Robinson “works hard and is known for being an excellent teammate with a great attitude, and he’s been a valued contributor everywhere he’s played in recent years, in the Championship and with the U.S. men’s national team as well.”