Fulham defender Tim Ream had high praise for countryman and potential new club teammate Antonee Robinson.
Speaking in a United States men’s national team conference call following the CONCACAF draw for 2022 World Cup qualifying on Wednesday, Ream said the current Wigan fullback caught the eye of Fulham in the Championship this season.
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If Robinson, 23, links up with Fulham for this Premier League season — he’s also been linked with Sheffield United following a failed winter move to AC Milan — Ream says the club is getting something special.
“I’ve spoken to Antonee and nothing is done yet,” Ream said. “But he’s played a lot of games, I think 36 or 37 in the Championship this year. He’s a flying full back. He’s technical but he’s got pace and energy to burn.”
Ream, 32, has 40 USMNT caps and has now twice been a part of getting the Cottagers promoted to the Premier League.
“Both times we played them this year our guys have come off saying, ‘What a player.’ As long as he continues to develop in that same vein it can only mean big things. The move to Milan falling through… would’ve been huge. For him to come to Fulham would be great.”
USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter was also asked about Robinson’s future.
The former Columbus Crew boss is excited by a possible answer to the USMNT’s long-term left back question getting Premier League seasoning.
“Regarding Antonee, it’s exciting news a potential transfer to a Premier League team,” Berhalter said. “Especially after the break, he came home and was in really good form. For the national team it’s great news. When you think about that left back spot being open and contested, it’s a good opportunity for Antonee to prove he’s capable of being the left back for the national team.”