Manchester City and Arsenal tracking Fulham wonderkid

Fulham Craven Cottage

Patrick Roberts has been drawing the eyes of a number of Premier League giants.

The 17-year old led the Cottagers to the FA Youth Cup Final last season, having made his first-team debut in March.

The forward has made one appearance for the England Under-19’s, progressing from the Under-16 age group.

Roberts has played a key part for Fulham this season, but has failed to improve the fortunes of the Cottagers, who have yet to win a game since the start of the Championship term.

The youngster played an important part in England Under-17’s victory at the 2014 European Championships in Malta, scoring three goals and registering a number of assists to sit joint second in the goalscoring charts.

He has made seven appearances this term, starting two games and registering one assist, and, despite having signed a contract to keep him at Craven Cottage until 2016, a number of Premier League clubs are looking to swoop for the youngster in January.

According to the Mirror, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal are keeping tabs on the forward, who has also previously been scouted by Liverpool.

With the West Londoners currently sitting at the bottom of the Championship table, and their fortunes looking unlikely to change in the near future, it may be desirable for Roberts to leave the club for greener pastures.

A high offer for the talented youngster in January may be too good for the Fulham management to turn down, with some serious investment needed in the first-team playing squad if Championship survival is to be secured.

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