Roberts fits in well - Robbo
Dave Robertson has strengthened his attacking threat by acquiring Phil Roberts from Dundee.
Having done plenty to catch the eye of his new manager in the defeat of Derry City at The Showgrounds Robertson has pounced to add him to his squad quickly.
Robertson spoke about what Roberts will bring to his squad: “Phil impressed me with his performance in the game against Derry City on Saturday and with how he did in training before that with us. Something he will definitely bring to us is pace and power. He can be a threat to teams in behind.
“One thing that has impressed me is that it hasn’t taken him long to get to grips with our way of playing. In the game against Derry he translated exactly what we had been doing in training. And with some more work he will be a very good signing for us.”
With Roberts haven’t spent the developmental part of his career with the likes of Norwich City and Arsenal the new manager feels he will have a good skillset to offer: “He’s also another player who has had a very good upbringing in the game with having spent a few years at Arsenal when he was young. When he left there at a young age he got to play senior football early under Terry Butcher at Inverness. He has got some good experience since then with Dundee most recently. And on top of that he has played underage international football with the Republic of Ireland so he has gained some good experience.
“Despite that he is just 21 years old and he really fits the profile of what we want to do here. He is at a good age in his career and I am really pleased to have him with us.”
For most of Saturday’s game Roberts played up from alongside fellow forward Jaanai Gordon and Robertson is looking forward to seeing more of them together: “I think they have what it takes to form a good partnership. In addition to that there is some others in the squad he will work well with. Kieran Sadlier he has played with before for Ireland so they know eachother and have an understanding of how the other likes to play. They are also friends off the pitch. Even though we have a new squad there is a lot of commonalities between them and some good understanding of how they want to play."