According to Lyall Thomas of Sky Sports, Patrick Roberts has been allowed to leave Manchester City on a free this summer, with a whole host of Championship clubs interested in his signature. Having previously been on loan at Derby County, Middlesbrough, Norwich City and, most notably, Celtic, the winger looks destined for a permanent move to England’s second tier.
Given the always-mounting competition at Manchester City, it comes as no surprise to see Roberts heading for the exit door. He impressed when on loan at Celtic, but was never handed the opportunity. In truth, the departure has been on the cards for a while.
Patrick Roberts Allowed to Leave Manchester City
Several Clubs Interested
As per Lyall Thomas, Patrick Roberts has so far attracted interest from Blackburn Rovers, Bournemouth, Stoke City and Swansea City. Looking at every club, all of them could do with a player of Roberts’ calibre. With just four days left of the summer transfer window, however, the 24-year-old faces an upward climb in securing a suitable move. The last thing he’ll want to do is panic and choose an option which could derail his career even further.
Whoever does secure his services will need to get the best out of him. When at Celtic, the Manchester City man impressed many, scoring 15 goals and assisting a further 19 in 51 Scottish Premiership games. If he can replicate that form in the Championship, Roberts will be one of the best players in the division.
At this point in his career, it may well be make or break for Roberts, in all honesty, having failed to make it at Manchester City. Get his next move right, and he could reach his potential. Get it wrong, however, and we may not see him at the top of English football ever again.
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