Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate has identified January arrival Patrick Roberts as the club’s ‘missing link.’
The 22-year-old joined Boro on loan on 2nd January from Manchester City, having only managed three appearances during a loan spell at Norwich in the first half of the campaign.
Roberts featured for Boro in their 1-1 FA Cup draw with Tottenham and their 2-2 league draw with Derby County, where he provided an assist for the side.
The forward looks set to continue in Boro’s side as they prepare to face Spurs in an FA Cup replay tonight, and manager Jonathan Woodgate has been full of praise for the forward.
Speaking to Teesside Live on Tuesday, Woodgate said: “Patrick Roberts has been absolutely fantastic, his performance on Saturday was terrific, I love players like that, he’s got a real energy about him.
“Even in training he wants the ball and he can make things happen,” Woodgate continued. “I think that’s what we’ve been missing, that link, someone who can create something out of nothing.”
Speaking of Roberts’ play, Woodgate said: “He gets people onto the edge of their seat and that’s what you want. He can fill three different positions for me,” Woodgate added, “He’s got ability, he takes the ball in and he can make something happen out of nothing, he’s going to be a really good player for this football club and I can’t wait until he gets even fitter.”
Middlesbrough face a trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this evening before another trip to the capital on Friday to face Fulham.
Middlesbrough are in great form at the moment, having won five of their last six league games, and holding Spurs to that FA Cup draw 10 days ago.
Roberts has yet to taste victory in a Boro shirt but has obviously impressed his manager and will help the side as they continue to improve.
Woodgate’s comments show that he is really enjoying having Roberts at the club and it sounds like he will play a big part as Boro look to continue to climb the table.
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