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Patrick Roberts

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Norwich Career: 2019 (on loan from Manchester City)
Current Club: Norwich City (on loan from Manchester City)
Date of Birth: 05/02/1997 (Kingston-upon-Thames) 
Nationality: English

Biography

On 30th May 2019, it was announced that Manchester City starlet Patrick Roberts would join Norwich on a season-long loan on 1st July 2019. The Londoner can play on either flank or centrally behind a lead striker, with plenty of skill and pace in his armoury.

Roberts began his career with Molesey Juniors and AFC Wimbledon before moving to Fulham aged 13. He made his senior debut aged 17 for the Cottagers during the second half of a 5-0 top-flight thrashing at his future club Manchester City in March 2014. He made one further first team appearance that season but helped Fulham's Under-18s reach the FA Youth Cup final. The following campaign saw him make 20 first team appearances.

In July 2015, Manchester City paid a reported £12million for the England Youth star who helped England win the UEFA European Under-17 championships alongside players who are now regulars in the Premier League including Liverpool defender Joe Gomez and Bournemouth duo Lewis Cook and Dominic Solanke. He was named in the Team of the Tournament.

After three substitute appearances for the Citizens, he was loaned to Celtic in January 2016 on an eighteen month loan. Six goals in 11 league games saw the youngster make an immediate impact, mostly playing on the right wing and winning the Scottish Premiership Player of the Month in April 2016 as he helped the Glasgow giants win the title. Under Brendan Rodgers, he scored 18 goals and made 26 assists were racked up during 78 matches as the domestic treble was won in 2017 and 2018 (his loan had been extended for a further season). That first full season with Celtic had included Champions League football, facing Barcelona and Manchester City, scoring against his parent club in a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium in the group stages.

He spent the 2018/19 season on loan at Spanish side Girona who are also owned by the same owners as Manchester City. He made 21 appearances but struggled with injuries as Girona were relegated. He extended his contract with Manchester City until 2022 shortly before joining Norwich.

City's new signing said: "It's great to have the deal done. I've known about the interest for a while. I've spoken to the manager and sporting director Stuart Webber and it was clear in my mind that I wanted to come here this season. I had a few other offers, the same as last season. But speaking to Stuart, he said he's been watching me for a while and he likes the way I play. The manager was very enthusiastic when he spoke to me. He really enjoys the way I play and that's a big boost of confidence for me. It's good to have someone in your corner to give you the belief and opportunity to play and in return I'll give 100 percent to Norwich and everyone at the club to repay that belief."


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