Partick Roberts; A Striking Football Manager 2015 Wonderkid
After over 110 matches from the qualification rounds to the final tournament of the European Under-17 Championship we have now reached its final. This year it will be a battle between Holland and England; between amazing wonderkids such as Dominic Solanke (Chelsea), Abdelhak Nouri (Ajax), Adam Armstrong (Newcastle) and Steven Bergwijn (PSV). It will all be decided this Wednesday (21.05.2014) at 19.00 CET.
While all of them are among the 8 players who can win the Golden Shoe award – if they score one or more goals in the final – one player is in the race for both the Golden Shoe Award 2014 and the Golden Player Award 2014. The latter is given to the most valuable player of the tournament, previously won by players like Toni Kroos (2006), Cesc Fabregas (2004) and Wayne Rooney (2002). With 4 assists, 3 goals and astonishing performances throughout the tournament, Fulhams wonderkid Patrick Roberts can follow in the steps of Max Meyer claiming both awards – a feat that is very likely to happen if England conquer ‘de Oranje’.
With this article, we continue our very own “In the Spotlight” series by taking a closer look on one of the best English Talents; Fulhams youngster Patrick Roberts – a brilliant English Football Manager 2015 Wonderkid.
The spotlight series gives you the opportunity to learn more about future wonderkids and great football players making their ascent to the top. Passion4FM’s “In the Spotlight” series will feature scout reports of some of the best players in the world, ‘unknown’ profiles of minor leagues, past legends, new hot prospects or recommendations on emerging talents to watch. Here you can get familiar with some of our favorite players or spot the next Football Manager wonderkid before everyone else.
English Wonderkids – Hyped Up Or Is There A New Breed of Talents Who’s Fate Will Be Different Than Cherno Sambas?
For years every young talent ever emerging from the United Kingdom has been hailed as one of the best young talents in the world. Chris Kirkland, Jonathan Woodgate, Michael Johnson, Cherno Samba, Francis Jeffers, John Curtis and James Vaughan (the youngest ever goalscorer in the Premier League) have all been hyped up. Some were justifying the attention as they actually could be the next big thing, while others were simply hyped up because of transfer fees or because of their early first team debut. In the past 10 years a lot has changed in England, especially regarding the situation of homegrown players. The arrival of hundreds of foreign players has made it difficult for young british players to come through the ranks and make an impact. Now the EPL features a staggering 60.4% of foreign players – only beaten by Cyprus!
While the FA tries to find solutions to increase the amount of homegrown players, some teams have taken the matter in their own hands – some building respectable facilities – such as the top notch academy in Southampton, and now another in Fulham. The amount of imported players to the UK, means there is a hunger for new English wonderkids to succeed – both from the FA, but also from fans who want to see more local English players making it to the top of the game. Whenever a new youth star comes along the hype will not only be higher, but it attracts the interest from bigger clubs on an unprecedented scale. As we enter this years summer transfer window there will be clubs fighting over some of the few English wonderkids ( Josh Sims, Luke Shaw, Adam Armstrong, Ross Barkley or Patrick Roberts). As Fulham couldn’t avoid relegation to Sky Bet Championship for 2014/15, top clubs will take advantage of that in order to secure their best youngsters, such as Patrick Roberts or Moussa Dembélé – who we might see a lot of in the future!
As Everton Under-18 finished off as winner of the Barclays Under-18 Premier League 2013/14, Fulham U18 finished off in 4th place in Group South this season – 17 points in front of Arsenal(!) who could feature stars like Serge Gnabry, Gedion Zelalem, Dan Crowley and Tafari Moore (England Under-18 national team finalist). One key player in the Fulham Academy apart from Moussa Dembélé is Patrick Roberts, who we will hand you our scout report on below.
“Fulham are one of the clubs leading the way at Academy level having won the Barclays Under-18 Premier League title for the past three seasons and the National Final for the past two.” (Feats that Patrick Roberts was truly a part of!)
Fulhams Official Website, About The Fulham Academy
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