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Patrick John Joseph Roberts (born 5 February 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for Norwich City, on loan from fellow Premier League club Manchester City. He has previously played for Fulham, Celtic and Girona.[4]

Patrick Roberts
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Roberts after a training session with Norwich City in 2019
Personal information
Full name Patrick John Joseph Roberts[1]
Date of birth (1997-02-05) 5 February 1997 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Kingston upon Thames, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.67 m)[2]
Playing position Winger[2]
Club information
Current team
Norwich City
(on loan from Manchester City)
Number 7
Youth career
Molesey Juniors
0000–2010 AFC Wimbledon
2010–2014 Fulham[2][3]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Fulham 19 (0)
2015– Manchester City 1 (0)
2016–2018Celtic (loan) 55 (15)
2018–2019Girona (loan) 19 (0)
2019–Norwich City (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2012–2013 England U16 7 (1)
2013–2014 England U17 14 (7)
2015 England U18 2 (1)
2014–2016 England U19 16 (6)
2016–2017 England U20 8 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:29, 23 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:53, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Contents

Club careerEdit

FulhamEdit

 
Roberts warming up for Fulham in 2014

Having joined Fulham from AFC Wimbledon at the age of 13,[5][6] Roberts signed his first professional contract shortly after his 17th birthday in February 2014, tying himself to the club until the summer of 2016.[7] Roberts described signing the contract as "one of the best feelings I've ever had in my life".[5]

Roberts was named among Fulham's substitutes for the first time on 15 March 2014 for a Premier League game against Newcastle United,[8] with Fulham manager Felix Magath describing Roberts after the match as "an extraordinary talent".[9] On 22 March 2014, he made his debut as a 55th-minute substitute in a Premier League defeat to Manchester City.[10] On 5 May, he scored in the second leg of the 2014 FA Youth Cup final, which Fulham lost 7–6 on aggregate to Chelsea.[11] Roberts' first appearance of the 2014–2015 campaign came as a substitute in Fulham's opening day fixture at Ipswich Town on 9 August, where he managed to grab an assist shortly after coming on.[12] He made his first start for the Cottagers on 20 August 2014 in a home match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.[13][14]

Manchester CityEdit

On 19 July 2015, Roberts signed for Manchester City on a long-term deal for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £12 million.[15][16] Roberts made his debut coming on as a substitute for Jesús Navas against Real Madrid in the pre-season 2015 International Champions Cup.[17] On 22 September 2015, Roberts made his first team debut for Manchester City when he came on as a substitute during a 4–1 win against Sunderland in the League Cup.[18] He made his league debut for Manchester City in a 4–1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur, coming on as a substitute for Sergio Agüero.[19]

Loans to CelticEdit

On 29 January 2016, it was reported that Celtic had agreed an 18-month loan deal with Manchester City for Roberts, while the player was in Glasgow for a medical.[20] The transfer was confirmed on 1 February.[21] He played for the U20 side a couple of days later in a 4–0 win over Motherwell, scoring Celtic's fourth in the last minute and providing assists for the other three goals.[22] Roberts made his first team debut for Celtic on 20 February 2016, coming on a substitute for the final few minutes of Celtic's 3–0 league win over Inverness CT at Celtic Park.[23][24] He was given his first starting appearance on 2 March in a league match at home against Dundee. Celtic could only draw 0–0, but Roberts was noted to have looked "sharp" and showed "flashes of his talent".[24]

On 2 April 2016, Roberts scored his first competitive club goal, netting a brace for Celtic in a 3–1 come-from-behind win over Hearts.[25] Following an impressive run of form during which he netted three goals, Roberts was named Scottish Player of the Month for April.[26] He scored another brace on 8 May in a 3–2 win over Aberdeen, in the process helping Celtic clinch the Scottish Premiership title.[27] Roberts scored another goal on the final day of the season in a 7–0 drubbing of Motherwell, thereby ending the campaign with 7 goals in 12 appearances for Celtic.[28]

Roberts made his first ever Champions League appearance on 20 July 2016, starting and scoring in a 3–0 win over Lincoln Red Imps. He had previously rejected the opportunity to represent England at the U19 European Championship in order to help Celtic progress to the Champions League proper.[29] On 6 December 2016, Roberts scored an impressive solo goal and was named man of the match in a Champions League match against his parent club Manchester City.[30] He finished the 2016–2017 season with 43 appearances and 15 goals, helping Celtic to complete an unbeaten domestic season, in which the club secured its sixth consecutive league title.

On 28 August 2017, it was announced that Roberts had rejoined Celtic on a new season-long loan.[31] In November, during a match against Motherwell, Roberts suffered a hamstring injury and was sidelined for a number of months. He made his return against the same opposition on 18 March 2018 when he came on a substitute for James Forrest in a 0–0 draw.[32]

Loan to GironaEdit

Roberts joined Manchester City's Spanish partner club Girona for the 2018–19 season, with Manchester City saying that the ideal next stage in Robert's development would be testing himself in La Liga, one of the world’s most technical leagues.[33] At the time of signing he was the only English player playing in the Spanish top flight and he made his debut the following day as a substitute against Real Valladolid.[34] He endured a difficult campaign, however, and failed to score in 19 league appearances as the club suffered relegation to the Segunda División.[35]

Loan to Norwich CityEdit

Roberts was the first new addition to the 2018–19 EFL Championship winners, Norwich City.[36]

International careerEdit

 
Roberts playing for England U19s in 2015

Roberts has represented England at under-16, under-17 and under-19 levels.[37] He played an integral role in England's victory at the 2014 European Under-17 Championship in Malta, scoring three goals, grabbing four assists and being named in the team of the tournament.[38]

In August 2014 Roberts received his first call up to the England under-19 squad.[39] Despite being just 17 years old at the time, Roberts played a massive part in the England under-19 team's progression through the 2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round. In the three group games played by England under-19, Roberts recorded a total of four goals and four assists. He had previously rejected the chance to be in the England squad at the U19 European Championship in order to help Celtic progress to the Champions League proper.[29] Roberts was also expected to be selected for the England under-20 squad in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, but he instead opted to play for Celtic in the 2017 Scottish Cup Final.[40]

Personal lifeEdit

Roberts was born in Kingston upon Thames, Greater London.[2] His parents are both from Merseyside and he is a fan of Liverpool.[41] He is an alumnus of Wimbledon College.[42]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 10 March 2019[43]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fulham 2013–14[44] Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2014–15[45] Championship 17 0 2 0 1 0 20 0
Total 19 0 2 0 1 0 22 0
Manchester City 2015–16[46] Premier League 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Total 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Celtic (loan) 2015–16[46] Scottish Premiership 11 6 2 0 13 6
2016–17[47] Scottish Premiership 32 9 4 0 2 0 9[a] 2 47 11
2017–18[48] Scottish Premiership 12 0 1 0 3 0 3[a] 1 19 1
Total 55 15 7 0 5 0 12 3 79 18
Girona (loan) 2018–19 La Liga 12 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Norwich City (loan) 2019–20 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 87 15 11 0 8 0 12 3 118 18
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League

HonoursEdit

Celtic

England U17

Individual

  • UEFA European Under-17 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2014[38]
  • Scottish Premiership Player of the Month: April 2016[53]

ReferencesEdit

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