Sky Sports pundit and former Celtic attacking midfielder Kris Commons thinks Patrick Roberts is ‘a waste of talent’ at his current club Norwich City, writing in his regular Scottish Daily Mail column (07/10 print edition, Verdict supplement page 16).
Roberts played alongside Commons for a spell during the initial stages of the Man City man’s loan at the Hoops.
Commons has written that the winger is one of the most talented players he’s ever played with.
He goes on to expand that sitting on the bench at the Canaries is doing the 22-year-old no good at all and that he should be featuring for a more illustrious club.
As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail (07/10 print edition, Verdict supplement page 16), Commons said: “Roberts hasn’t started a league game yet for the Canaries — and his cameo in the 5-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday took his grand total to 24 minutes of football this season.
“It’s a waste of talent for him to be at a club like that.
“Norwich have the worst defensive record in the league and are relegation fodder.
“He has the ability to perform for a top-six team who dominate the ball. Roberts is a player caught in the wrong movie.”
Roberts certainly hasn’t kicked on in the way that many Celtic fans thought when he returned to Man City last year.
A frustrating season at Girona resulted in just 21 appearances, with no goals and a single assist to his name. This term, as Commons notes, he’s hardly played.
Roberts is still contracted to City until 2022, so has plenty of security, and at the age of 22 has plenty of time ahead of him too.
However, he needs to start making career decisions that allow him to get the first-team football he needs to progress as an exciting attacking talent.
Without trying to retread old ground too much, Celtic still feels like a viable and suitable home for his talents. Perhaps another difficult loan move will help convince him his future lies in Glasgow?