Sunderland fans erupt after being linked with 'immense' January loan signing
A number of Sunderland fans have welcomed speculation linking the Black Cats with Patrick Roberts.
The Northern Echo reported on Friday that Sunderland have held loan talks over the 24-year-old attacker.
Roberts is currently on loan at French outfit Troyes from Manchester City.
However, he has made just one substitute appearance in the whole of the first half of the season.
Roberts is reportedly keen to return to England in an attempt to kickstart his career.
Since joining City in 2015 for a reported £12million, Roberts has had several loan stints.
He impressed during three separate loan spells with Celtic, winning three Scottish Premiership titles and two Scottish Cup winners’ medals.
Brendan Rodgers said in May 2018: “He’s a player we’d love to keep, he’s a fantastic young player.”
Roberts has also played for Spanish outfit Girona, plus English sides Norwich, Middlesbrough and Derby.
The former England youth international can play at centre-forward, at No. 10 and on the flanks.
His arrival would provide cover for Nathan Broadhead, who’s out with a hamstring injury.
Roberts would also competition for Aiden McGeady in the second half of the season.
Plenty of Sunderland fans are excited about the prospect of Roberts joining the Stadium of Light:
Sunderland signing Patrick Roberts is a coup. #safc— RAWAJohnson (@RawaJohnson) December 31, 2021
I always take Twitter transfer rumours with a pinch of salt, but blimey, Patrick Roberts would be a cracking January signing for us.— Philip West (@Philip_RJ89) December 31, 2021
He’s got good pedigree, and he’d definitely score goals at this level. Would be brilliant if we could bring him in! #SAFC 🔴⚪️
I remember watching him periodically for Celtic & he was really impressive. Brendan Rodgers spoke very highly of him as well.— Philip West (@Philip_RJ89) December 31, 2021
Exactly the kind of player we should be targeting, in my opinion!
Statement signing that. What a player he was at Celtic. If he can rekindle any kind of form similar to that, then we've got one hell of a player on our hands. Neil, Embo, Pritchard, Roberts: a very technical group of players there.— Charlie Horner (@CharlieHorner_) December 31, 2021
If true, absolutely brilliant signing.— Kiel Watson (@kielwats0n) December 31, 2021
Patrick Roberts has proper pedigree. His career has stalled a bit but he would be a cut above League One level.— James Copley (@JamesCopley_) December 31, 2021
You never know for sure until he arrives but gut feeling is that this would be an immense signing.#SAFC
If the Patrick Roberts rumours are true that is a statement of intent signing and a very good one at this level 👏 #SAFC— Ewan (@eab1992) December 31, 2021