Celtic are reportedly interested in luring Patrick Roberts back to Parkhead this summer and Hoops supporters will be delighted if Brendan Rodgers’ previous Davis Silva comparison about the attacker rings true.
TeamTalk have reported that Celtic have seen a £3million offer to sign 23-year-old Roberts rejected this week, but the offer has been left on the table incase Manchester City choose to reverse their decision. Roberts is completely surplus to requirements.
Since leaving Celtic after more than two years in Glasgow, the England Under-20 international has been on a downward spiral that has seen him struggle on loan Girona and Norwich City. Now, he is on loan with Championship side Middlesbrough.
Signed by Ronny Deila, Roberts starred under the Norwegian and then Brendan Rodgers – and after just a few days as Celtic manager, Rodgers compared Roberts to David Silva, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“Patrick is different to Sterling although similar to him in that he is young,” Rodgers said. “Raheem is speed, wing play, Patrick is more a David Silva type, more on the inside. He looks like he has an eye for goal. He’s very young and he looks a talent.”
TBR’s view – If Roberts can get back to his Celtic best, he is a top signing
During his best form at Celtic, which was when he was aged just 21 or less, Roberts was unplayable. An average of a goal every three games and more or less a goal every four. Impressive stats given he only started 51 of his 78 outings.
City have rejected the initial offer but Roberts is worth far more than that – and Celtic will know that too. Anything up to £10million, and the Scottish champions will have secured themselves a bargain – especially if Rodgers’ previous claim is true.