Almost two years away from his transfer to AC Milan collapse, United States Men’s National Team defender Antonee Robinson said he wasn’t as worried about transfer rumors despite Premier ties. League last summer.
Robinson was connected to Wolves, Bordeaux and even Manchester City in the last transfer window, and his stock has only grown after a number of outstanding performances for the USMNT. (He scored his first American goal in the 4-1 win over Honduras during the September window.)
However, the Fulham defender has said that after seeing his move to Milan in January 2020 collapse due to a heart problem detected by his doctor, he is trying not to worry about possible career changes.
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“Being linked with clubs, especially after the AC Milan thing, me personally, it’s obviously nice to see things like that,” said Robinson, “but I’m not really getting too much of it because I just want to continue with the work I do at the club where I am.
“You never know what’s going to happen in football. I don’t like having hope or anything, so I work hard where I am and the rest will be fine another time.”
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Robinson has become a key player for the United States, having endorsed the left-back with several solid performances.
If he’s in top form, the Fulham defender is likely to start Thursday against Costa Rica, having been held up in the United States for Sunday’s loss to Panama due to England’s COVID-19 restrictions which require a long period of quarantine for travelers to Panama. However, Robinson admitted he was struggling with a knee injury that could keep him out, although Robinson said he was optimistic.
The defender added that he felt like he was starting to assert himself as a player because at 24 he was starting to really understand the tactical side of the game which was not always necessary for him as a player. that young player.
“I feel like at the start of my days as a pro starting in Bolton, and even when I moved to Wigan as well, when I was in Wigan for the first time, a lot of championship games, the flaws in my game technically and tactically they were kind of sidelined because of my physique, ”he said. “I was able to kind of pick up the ball and pass the championship folks at this point in my life, which made it easier for me, which made me feel a lot more comfortable.
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“Then you come onto the international stage where everyone is physical, so you don’t get away with just not understanding the game correctly just with your physique.
“It was just sort of becoming more tactically aware and fitting into a system where you actually have a role rather than, in Wigan, I just felt like I was a big outlet that could get the ball and move the team forward pretty much all the time, which didn’t work for us at first. “
USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter concurred with Robinson’s assessment, praising the 24-year-old defender or his growth as a player.
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“I think this is a great example of a collaboration between a club and a country,” said Berhalter. “Fulham under Scott Parker, I think they played really good football, under this coach now [Marco Silva], they played great football.
“It’s a combination of the things we ask him, which are very similar to what his club ask of him. His learning has increased and he’s able to handle it all, but I agree with his assessment from the start. . But it’s also the development of a player. “