Here at Shoot! we endeavour to keep a watchful eye over the emerging talents in world football and keep you in the know in terms of who you should be watching out for in the years to come.
Having already showcased the talents of Tottenham up-and-comer Marcus Edwards, plus, his team-mate Harry Winks, today we turn our attentions to fellow England youth international Patrick Roberts.
First of all, it is easy to forget that the starlet is still only 19-years-old, having shone for Championship side Fulham at such a young age.
On March 22, 2014; the Young Lion made his first-team debut for the Cottagers against Premier League side Manchester City aged 17, opponents that would become rather familiar a little later on in life.
After providing two assists in 20 first-team appearances for Fulham following their relegation to the Championship during the 2014/15 campaign, City offered Roberts another spell in the top-flight, luring the winger to the Etihad Stadium in July 2015 following his reported £12m switch.
The England Under-20 international, who in fact started his youth career at AFC Wimbledon, made his first-team debut for the Citizens against Sunderland in the League Cup, replacing Jesus Navas in their comfortable 4-1 victory at the Stadium of Light.
But with such an array of world-class, and senior, talent at the Etihad, City agreed an 18-month loan deal for Roberts to join Scottish Premiership champions Celtic, in a bid to aid his development and offer him more first-team opportunities.
Since his switch to Scotland, the winger has scored nine goals and provided eight assists in 34 appearances in all competitions for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Roberts came on against his parent club during Celtic’s thrilling 3-3 draw against Man City in the Champions League back in September, and could feature tomorrow night at the Etihad in the reverse Group C fixture.