HEAD-TO-HEAD: Demarai Gray vs Patrick Roberts - Which Championship prospect is best?

Which promising Championship youngster will have the biggest impact in the game between Birmingham City and Fulham.

Head To Head Gray vs RobertsPatrick Roberts and Demarai Gray have been two of the standout youth prospects in the Championship this season, and they face off on Saturday.

17-year-old Roberts has reportedly drawn interest from a number of top Premier League clubs following his exploits in the FA Youth Cup last season, whilst the Blues rejected an offer from Crystal Palace for 18-year-old Gray, with the London cub trying to steal their prize asset away from St Andrews

Both youngsters are forwards, usually occupying the flanks for their respective teams, with Roberts predominately right-sided and Gray featuring heavily on the left.

Despite a series of impressive performances from the youngsters, both Birmingham and Fulham have struggled this season - the Blues winning just once, whilst the Cottagers have yet to pick up three points.

They face off at St Andrews on Saturday, and we take a look at which young star will have the biggest impact in deciding the outcome of the game.

  Mins PlayedGoalsAssistsKey PassesDribblesTouchesAppearances
Demarai Gray 259 1 0 3 8 133 6
Patrick Roberts 243 0 1 5 12 176 7

Both forwards have featured for a roughly similar amount of time this season, although Roberts has less minutes under his belt, despite starring in one game more than his Second City counterpart.

And despite having featured for a shorter spell, Roberts has been the most effective this season, although Gray is the only one of the pair to have netted a goal this season. One assist, five key passes and 12 dribbles in the England Under-19 international’s favour show him to be the most effective, withstanding his ongoing goal drought.

Roberts also gets himself involved in games more, touching the ball 176 times to Gray’s 133.

It is unfortunate that both forwards are playing for sides who are struggling to convert chances this season, with the Cottagers scoring just six goals in eight games this season, whilst the Blues have one further strike to their tally. Despite this, they have managed to cement their reputations as two of the most talented youngsters in English football at this moment in time, and it remains to be seen how the duo fare when included in first-team set ups that complement their attacking abilities.

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