Paul John Dykes has recently given his verdict about whether Celtic should look to sign Patrick Roberts in the current transfer window.
Roberts spent two loan stints at Parkhead in the past and Manchester Evening News’ Man City correspondent Simon Bajkowski recently confirmed that the Citizens are willing to listen to offers for Roberts and he isn’t part of the club’s first-team plans (as per Teesside Live).
Dykes hosted the latest episode of the A Celtic State of Mind podcast and the panel talked about multiple issues involving the Parkhead-based club. They spent some time talking about Roberts and if the Hoops should bring the Manchester City man back to Celtic. Dykes believes that a move back to Parkhead would provide Roberts with the platform to develop as a player and thinks it would be a ‘good move’ for him.
He said: “I do see him as a creative player. I think what he found at Celtic, particularly in his first spell, although his second spell was hampered by injury, is a club that fitted him. He fitted Celtic, and Celtic suited him as well. He’s tried various other clubs – Girona, Middlesbrough, Norwich. It’s not really worked out for him at any of those three clubs. He’s never going to break into the Man City team.
“I think, from a career perspective, it would be a good move for him. I think we can give him a platform that would allow him, even, to move on in three years and he would have far more options at that stage if he comes to us and he plays European football in a winning side.”
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During his loan stints at Parkhead, Roberts made a total of 78 appearances for Celtic and he scored 18 goals while picking up 26 assists as well. Out of all the clubs that he has played for, the stints at Celtic were the most productive for Roberts and he contributed to a lot more goals at Parkhead.
James Forrest happens to be Celtic’s only out-and-out option for the right midfield position and they don’t have a single player who is an out-and-out option for the right-wing position (as per Transfermarkt).
Roberts can add depth to the right side of the pitch, having primarily played there during his career, and so perhaps, signing him would make sense for Celtic.