To many peoples surprise, Patrick Roberts got a start for Man City last night in the USA versus their Manchester rivals Manchester United.
The Celtic invincible travelled with the squad to America earlier this week, but nobody anticipated the player starting.
The Englishman got the first 45 minutes as Manchester City eventually fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of United. The player missed a good chance to score but dazzled with his skills at times, even completing a nutmeg on an opposition player.
The youngster was deployed as more of a right wing back than out and out attacking midfielder and maybe found that a bit uncomfortable at times. His strength is indeed running at defenders high up the field. Man City should know this, as he scored against them at the Etihad last season doing just that.
With so much speculation surrounding the players future and Celtic fans clinging to the faint hope the club could sign him permanently if City decides to move him on, it is becoming increasingly unlikely that we’ll see Paddy in a Celtic shirt again.
City fans who stayed up to watch the game were divided over the player’s contributions. However, they all seemed to agree that there was something there, even if he’s not quite ready yet.
If Pep decides to keep Roberts, then he faces an uphill battle to break through into that star studded side.
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