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Patrick Roberts and the missing ingredient that he'll bring to Middlesbrough
Monday, 5th Oct 2020 15:18 by Phil Spencer

The international transfer deadline sent plenty of clubs into overdrive as they try to jet potential signings into the country before the window slams shut.

Thankfully Middlesbrough haven't broken much of a sweat.

After bringing in Chuba Akpom from PAOK it always seemed unlikely that the Teessiders would look overseas for any new arrivals.

But don't get fooled into thinking that the club are done in the transfer market.

Neil Warnock has gone on the record saying that he wants at least one or two new signings before the domestic deadline on October 16.

Thankfully one appears to be moving closer.

Warnock revealed to Teesside Live that the club were closing in on the signing of Patrick Roberts.

The 23-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan from Manchester City but had his spell disrupted by injury.

Roberts is said to be excited at the prospect of returning to the Riverside Stadium, but what will he add to Warnock's side?

We take a look at his statistics from last term to find out.

Patrick Roberts' Middlesbrough statistics, as per Whoscored.com

Appearances – 10
Goals – 1
Assists – 2
Shots per game – 1.4
Passes per game – 14.4
Pass success rate – 77.1%
Key passes per game – 1.9
Dribbles per game – 2

Analysis

Injury may have stopped Patrick Roberts from making the sort of impact that he wanted to make at the Riverside Stadium.

That said, we certainly saw enough to be excited about this imminent deal.

The 23-year-old made 10 appearances for Middlesbrough which sounds like a decent return for half a season's work.

But that may be deceiving.

Roberts played 614 minutes for the club, meaning that he averaged around 60 minutes of action per appearance.

That sort of tells the story of his fitness woes, but perhaps do the winger justice.

In those appearances Roberts was able to prove himself as a truly unique talent among Middlesbrough's squad.

One goal and two assists were the least that he deserved, as he pace and trickery made him a real handful for opponents.

In fact many supporters were insistent that Roberts was the only player who possessed genuine attacking quality in the final third.

The Manchester City man was a threat in front of goal after average 1.4 shots per game during his time at the club.

With that sort of record the hope would surely be that he adds a more reliable end product to his game.

But it's his overall team contribution which made him a truly popular player.

Roberts averaged 14.4 passes per game with an average pass success rate of 77.1% during that time.

For context, Middlesbrough's average pass success rate this term is just 61.4% - meaning that he would certainly increase the side's ability to keep possession in attacking areas.

His record last term included an average of 1.9 successful key passes which includes anything that led to a goal-scoring opportunity.

That shows just how much he added to Middlesbrough's attack.

Warnock's side have done relatively well so far this term, but still appear to lack genuine quality in creative areas.

However if the club can get a deal for Roberts over the line then this will be a massive boost going into the rest of the season.

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