Could £15m target Patrick Roberts become West Ham's next Joe Cole?

11 Jan 2000:  Joe Cole of West Ham United in action during the Worthington Cup quarter-final replay against Aston Villa at Upton Park in London. Aston Villa won the match 3-1 after extra-...

West Ham United are reportedly interested in bringing £15 million-rated Patrick Roberts to the London Stadium.

Patrick Roberts of Celtic celebrates after he scores his team's fourth goal  during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hearts and Celtic at Tynecastle Stadium on April 2, 2017 in...

According to a recent report from the Daily Express, West Ham are amongst the sides interested in signing Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts as he reaches the end of his loan spell with Celtic.

Roberts has been a superb addition for the Hoops across two spells at Parkhead. While he has not quite been at his best this term, he has still looked a threat every time he gets on the ball, and that should leave Hammers fans feeling extremely excited about the prospect of signing him.

Celtic FC's Patrick Roberts (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match Anderlecht vs Celtic at The Constant...

The Irons have a number of exciting players in the squad, but there is probably not too many that tick the same boxes as Roberts. The 21-year-old is someone that constantly wants to get onto the ball before using his trickery to dance past defenders and create chances for his teammates.

Critics of the level that Celtic play at will suggest that Roberts is yet to be tested at a high level, but this is a player who has scored goals in the Champions League - most notably against parent club Manchester City last season - and is young enough to get significantly better in the future. 

11 Jan 2000:  Joe Cole of West Ham United in action during the Worthington Cup quarter-final replay against Aston Villa at Upton Park in London. Aston Villa won the match 3-1 after extra-...

In some ways, it would perhaps not be too far-fetched to suggest that Roberts could become the kind of player that got the Irons supporters off their seats in the same way Joe Cole used to when he was coming through the ranks at the Boleyn Ground.

Cole was a classy, exciting winger who managed to stand out in a West Ham attack that, in hindsight, looks incredible on paper. And if West Ham manage to win the race to sign Roberts, it may not be out of the question to suggest that he could go on to become the player that the fans want to see getting the ball every time the team need something special to happen.

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