At 22-years-old, it’s fair to say more was expected of Patrick Roberts.
But alas, the youngster is set to return to Manchester City with a relegation on his CV, having failed to keep Girona in La Liga.
Roberts’ future at Manchester City is possibly on the line this summer, and there are reports that he could be on the move to another Premier League club.
The Sun have reported that Brendan Rodgers wants to bring the winger to Leicester. Celtic have also been linked, having previously had Roberts on loan.
And the report states that he is valued at just £4million. For that price, Newcastle should certainly be interested.
Roberts would be low risk, high reward
The Magpies have done a lot of shopping in the bargain bin in recent years, with varying degrees of success.
Rafa Benitez has done an excellent job of bringing in players on a small budget. And a player like Roberts for just £4million seems like a good opportunity.
While he doesn’t have any real Premier League experience, his time at Celtic showed how good a player he can be.
At such a small fee, there would be no pressure on Roberts to perform. He would add depth to a position where we are light, and could get the chance he needs to perform at the top level.
His time in La Liga was a disaster, but that doesn’t mean he’s a bad player.
Rodgers obviously thinks he’s good enough after what he saw of him at Celtic. While the lure of the Leicester boss may give the Foxes an advantage, we might still have the Benitez factor in our favour.
When you consider that Harry Wilson is valued at £25million, £4million for Roberts is certainly worth a punt.