Manchester City youngster Patrick Roberts, on loan at Celtic since January, is finally coming into his own, and he’s receiving some high praise for his impressive performances.
Purchased from Fulham last summer for a fee that could reportedly escalate up to $16 million, the 19-year-old Roberts has been considered a star talent for some time, but for a while had never truly found the strength needed to perform in the English leagues.
Now, with seven goals in 15 appearances for Celtic, people are finally starting to take notice of his production as well as his talent. Important people.
Roberts played an important role for Brendan Rodgers‘ side in the 3-1 friendly loss to Barcelona as they get ready for Champions League play, and the opposition was impressed. “Patrick Roberts is a great player and he has a great future in the game,” said Barcelona manager Luis Enrique after the game. “He has great quality and I expect he will be important for Celtic.”
The kid is on fire at the moment. He finished league play last season with four goals in their final four matches, and he bagged a goal and an assist against Gibraltar side Lincoln Red Imps as Celtic advanced in Champions League qualification two weeks ago, and added an assist last Wednesday in the first leg against Kazakhstani side FC Astana. The second leg will take place this coming Wednesday.