‘I want to help the team as much as I can’ – Winger hoping to feel benefits of City’s promotion momentum

Patrick Roberts couldn't hide his disappointment at City's cup defeat at Crawley 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Patrick Roberts couldn't hide his disappointment at City's cup defeat at Crawley Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Patrick Roberts is hoping to feel the benefits of Norwich City’s promotion momentum, as he tries to force his way into Daniel Farke’s starting XI.

The Manchester City loanee was part of a much-changed Canaries team which struggled to gel and fell to an embarrassing League Cup loss away to League Two side Crawley Town in midweek.

The winger did hit the post and set up Emi Buendia for an effort which was denied by the crossbar, but couldn't find the goal his team needed, or that he needed to boost his chances of featuring at West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday.

Asked if he's been impressed by City's start to top-flight life, Roberts said: "Very. They're young lads but they're very committed and have a set idea of what they want. Obviously they were brilliant last season.

"They've kept that momentum and they've been unreal this season as well, I've seen them in training and you just want to help them. I want to help myself but you've got to help the team and put Norwich first, that's the most important thing.

"We've been brilliant, some top class players and you get better with those players around you and that's all I can hope for myself and the other players."

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The Canaries may have lost 4-1 at Liverpool and 3-2 at home to Chelsea either side of a dominant 3-1 win over Newcastle at Carrow Road, but their general play has boosted hopes of another positive season.

Roberts is determined to show head coach Farke that he is a team player, continuing: "I'm here to help Norwich as much as I can this season and what I want is to play football, as every lad wants to.

"I speak to the boss all the time and I want to help the team as much as I can. If I'm not playing then that's fine and if I am then I'll give it my all. I'm just happy to be in football, I enjoy what I do and I'll carry on that attitude throughout the season."

The 22-year-old former Celtic loanee is yet to make a Premier League appearance but is feeling settled in Norwich already.

"They've been brilliant with me, they've welcomed me into the group," he added.

"I know how they play and they know how I play so you click with each other. Hopefully I'll get more minutes but I'm here to help the group."

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