Winger ends loan spell at Norwich to join Championship club instead; “He’s young and hungry, and wants to do well,” says Boro boss Woodgate
By Keith Downie
Last Updated: 02/01/20 6:20pm
Middlesbrough have signed Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts on loan until the end of the season.
Roberts was on a season-long loan with Norwich but joined Sky Bet Championship side Boro after the Canaries ended the 22-year-old’s spell at Carrow Road.
Boro head coach Jonathan Woodgate told the club’s website: “It’s great Patrick has signed up for the club.
“He’s an exciting player, he wants to play games, and he has the bit between his teeth.
“He fits the mould of what we’re looking at. He’s young and hungry, and wants to do well.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have a player of Patrick’s calibre at this football club.”
Roberts has not started a game for Norwich this season and it is understood Manchester City want the winger to play regular first-team football.
Norwich boss Farke recently revealed Roberts could be leaving the club, saying: “Let’s be honest, Patrick was the fourth choice on the winger position and it could be we can do some business with him in the next hours or days.”
After Boro’s 2-0 win over Preston on New Year’s Day, Woodgate revealed that he was keen to bring Roberts to the Riverside Stadium during the January transfer window.
Woodgate said: “Let’s see if we can get something done, nothing is done yet.
“He’s a player I like. He’s a very, very talented player.”
Roberts, who spent two seasons on loan with Scottish champions Celtic after joining City from Fulham in 2015, was previously a target for Boro during the summer transfer window.
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