Patrick Roberts: Winger Returns to Middlesbrough on Loan

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Middlesbrough have made their fifth signing of the transfer window, confirming the return of winger Patrick Roberts on loan from Manchester City.

Middlesbrough Sign Patrick Roberts on Loan

Form Last Season

While his loan spell was disrupted by injury, Roberts proved to be an exciting winger during his move last season.

The 23-year-old made 11 appearances in all competitions for Neil Warnock’s side, scoring one goal and making two assists.

His only goal also proved to be vital – his 82nd minute winner against Reading helped push them closer to survival.

Roberts made the move to the Riverside Stadium after an unsuccessful loan with Norwich City. The 23-year-old joined the Canaries on a season-long following their promotion to the Premier League, but only mustered four appearances during his six-month spell at Carrow Road.

What Was Said?

Speaking about his new signing to the official Middlesbrough website, manager Neil Warnock said: ““I’m really pleased we’ve been able to get him because I felt we needed that bit of something different.

“I’ve been waiting on Patrick, we all know what he can do and I feel with the current squad we have I can make him a better player.”

How Will He Fit in at Middlesbrough?

Roberts will provide strength in-depth to an area of the pitch where Middlesbrough are currently lacking in.

Warnock currently has just Marcus Tavernier and Marcus Browne to use on the right wing. While Tavernier has been used frequently so far this season, Browne is less favoured by the Middlesbrough boss, and could still head out on loan, according to Teesside Live.

As a result, the addition of Roberts could mean that Browne will head out on loan.

Roberts will also add extra quality to Warnock’s forward line as they look to mount a potential challenge for the play-offs. They have already made an excellent start to the season; they are currently undefeated since the opening day of the season.

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