Not long after completing the signing of ex-Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph, Manchester City have added another English player to their ranks.
The talented England youth international Patrick Roberts has joined from Fulham. He joins Delph and Raheem Sterling as the new English player signed by the club in the current transfer window.
The 18-year-old, who had a year left on his contract at Craven Cottage, rejected several Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, who he supported as a boy to join City.
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They will pay Fulham up to £8million for Roberts. For those who don't know much about him and are curious to see if he is worth the money we will be taking a look at the new Man City player.
The 18-year-old was born in Kingston-upon-Thames, less than ten minutes from Fulham's training ground, he started playing football for AFC Wimbledon. He was named ‘Striker of the Tournament’ at the U13 Tesco Football Cup in 2010.
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He joined Fulham when he was 13, penning his first professional contract shortly after his 17th birthday in February 2014.
He was first named on the bench during the unsuccessful reign of Felix Magath in March 2014, for a game with Newcastle, and he made his first appearance in a defeat at Manchester City later that month.
How good is he?
He is very highly rated and has represented England at youth levels. He helped the Fulham U18 team reach the FA Youth Cup final in 2014 playing a key role. He is also a UEFA European U17 Championship winner with England.
He has bags of potential. He is fast and dangerous on the ball and has the ability to be a star for club and country.
Strengths and Weaknesses
He is excellent on the ball and likes to take players on. During Fulham’s run to the FA Youth Cup final, in which he stared in, he very rarely went on a run without beating at least one man. He has a knack beating defenders with an array of tricks and is good at winning free-kicks and penalties for his team.
He is also an excellent passer of the ball and a good crosser as well. He has a decent shot on him as well and tries long distance shots.
Size is one of his main weaknesses. He is small at 5ft 5½in and when playing in the youth levels this was not a problem as the opposition were not be a great deal bigger.
It counted against him when he played in the Championship, coming up against bigger, stronger defenders and he did get pushed off the ball more.
Hopefully he can take a cue from the small men from Barcelona like Iniesta to be able to display the skills that he has shown at youth levels. He is also not known for defensive discipline and has been known to make silly fouls and put his side under pressure.
What is his best position?
A bit like ex-City man, Adam Johnson, he has played for most of his career as a right winger, but he is versatile and has shown he is capable of playing behind the striker as a playmaker. When playing on the wing he will often drift into the middle of the park and cause havoc for defenders.
Why did Manchester City Sign him?
City are keen to sign more young English players this summer and Roberts certainly fits the bill. He will join up with Patrick Vieira’s Elite Development Squad. But the 18-year-old has faith in his ability and is confident he could eventually break into Manuel Pellegrini’s first team in time.
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