Andy Cole questions Manchester City purchase of Patrick Roberts

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Andy Cole believes Raheem Sterling will prove to be a good buy for Manchester City.

Writing on Kicca, former Manchester United striker Andy Cole has questioned Manchester City’s purchase of Fulham youngster Patrick Roberts.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have been quiet this summer, with just three new faces arriving at the Etihad.

Raheem Sterling was the biggest of those in his big money move from Liverpool, while Fabian Delph and Roberts are the other two for much lower fees.

And while Cole understands the two England men being targeted, he says he is left scratching his head at the purchase of Roberts given his lack of game time in the Championship with Fulham.

“Sterling was inevitable, the Delph one has come around in a strange way, [but] they took that lad from Fulham for £12m [and] you start scratching your head at that one,” he wrote on Kicca.

“I don’t think the kid has even completed a game in the Championship. £12m for a kid who has not finished a game, you have got to ask questions of that one. City have obviously decided they are going to buy as many English players as possible.”

Sterling will be a success but City need right mentality

The former forward has however backed Sterling to be a success with his new club if he continues to learn his trade.

The pressure is now on the former Liverpool star to prove himself week in week out, with his giant price tag meaning everyone is expecting him to be a match winner in each game.

Cole though, says it will take him and City having the right mentality if they want to be Premier League champions once again as it won’t happen if everybody isn’t singing from the same hymn sheet.

“I do think Sterling will prove to be a good signing. If he goes on to learn his trade even more, he will do very well,” he added.

“[But] everything is about mentality. If not everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet, it doesn’t happen. And if you look at Manchester City last season, they basically gave up on the Premier League, it wasn’t a very good defence at all.”

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