Our Spanish international striker, currently our top scorer with 10 goals in all competitions, has been paired with resurgent front man Ade as part of a two-pronged attack over the last few weeks.
And considering we’re unbeaten in the Premier League since Roberto and Ade have formed their front line double-act in our starting line-up – having won four and drawn one of our five top flight games since the pairing debuted at Southampton on December 22 – the former Valencia marksman expects his tandem exploits with the Togolese target man to yield further success in the near future.
“I think my partnership with Ade is a really good thing,” said 28-year-old Roberto. “It makes my life much easier as well because I feel safe knowing that he’s around, that I can count on him in this playing dynamic.
“We work very well together and I think that really sends out a very clear message to our opponents’ defence. I think they are very fearful of us because we do contribute that element of surprise.
“I think our team is also very much aware of that. It’s something we’ve built up together and it’s a really positive thing.”
The pairing of Roberto and Ade combined to great effect at Southampton, with Ade opening our account by getting on the end of Roberto’s precision cross from wide on the left.
It was a side of Roberto’s game that perhaps we hadn’t seen previously due to his more central location in matches earlier in the season – but the dedicated forward reckons we’ll get to see plenty more fluidity in attack as he and Ade nurture their partnership going forward.
“I don’t think it’s really a new thing, I just think with this dynamic that involves having two strikers up front it means that we can move around a lot more than before,” Roberto added.
“Whereas before there was maybe only one, they were kind of fixed to that area, there was not as much freedom to move around, but now with this new-found freedom we can create more opportunities, we have more space to move around and I guess what happened with Southampton and also the penalty against Stoke is a great example of how I was able to make the most of that freedom of movement and that space.
“I think that it’s a really positive thing that we can move around a bit more because now one of us can have that freedom of movement around the area whereas the other striker perhaps is more focussed on the area itself.”