‘He can have my children’ – Arsenal’s Charlie Patino has Blackpool fans raving after derby day masterclass
Arsenal starlet Charlie Patino produced a brilliant performance in Blackpool’s 4-2 victory over local rivals Preston North End. The midfielder has the makings of a cult hero during his loan stint at Bloomfield Road.
Patino has been tipped to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka to go from Arsenal’s famed Hale End academy to Mikel Arteta’s first team.
He only turned 19 earlier this week, but is incredibly highly rated, having been described by one youth scout as “the best kid I’ve ever seen”.
The Watford-born starlet, who represents England at Under-20 level, did nothing to puncture the hype bubble when he scored for Arsenal on his senior debut, capping off a 5-1 League Cup victory over Sunderland.
Now getting his first taste of senior football at Blackpool, he’s been gradually adapting to the step-up in physicality and intensity. But his performance in the Lancashire derby against Preston has seen Patino explode into life. He’s already earned his very own chant and the Blackpool fans have taken to him to heart.
“He’s Charlie Patino, he knew the place to go, although he’d never seen, the boys in Tangerine, he felt it everywhere, he breathed in the sea air, and then he said to me, I f*cking hate PNE!,” goes his new chant from the Blackpool faithful.
The Tangerines supporters were already singing the new song before Patino produced a man-of-the-match performance in a fixture that’s a massive deal in that particular corner of north-west England. He’s yet to experience a north London derby, and this will be vital experience.
But the occasion evidently didn’t faze him – the youngster scored one and set up another and was buzzing around the pitch. After putting Blackpool ahead, he ran over to the travelling Preston fans and shushed the away end.
“He’s a lad who, for his age, is very, very mature. I think he’s capable of playing numerous positions in that midfield area. We’ve used him as a six, an eight, even as a number 10 at times,” Blackpool boss Michael Appleton told talkSPORT.
“He deals with it, he copes with it [numerous positions in the midfield]. He’s got an understanding of the game beyond his years. He can deal with the ball and move it, he’s got a big future ahead of him.”
Appleton wasn’t the only one impressed by Patino’s performance.
“A joy to watch, glides effortlessly through midfield and his technical quality for his goal and Yates assist spoke volumes of where he is heading,” wrote Sean Mcginlay in LancsLive, giving Patino a 9/10 in the player ratings.
“A goal and an assist, what else is there to say? Real moments of quality too, capped off with his celebration in front of the PNE fans,” concurred Matt Scrafton with another 9/10 in his player ratings in the Blackpool Gazette.
We’ve collected all the best responses and footage from Patino’s derby day masterclass.
‘Big time Charlie’
Charlie Patino’s goal and assist for Blackpool vs Preston #afc pic.twitter.com/hjY5GIAyTM
— Gilles 🇳🇬🏴 (@_Grimanditweets) October 22, 2022
Charlie Patino scored for Blackpool against Preston in a 4-2 win yesterday.
They sung it into existence. Superb.
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) October 23, 2022
Blackpool fans serenading Charlie Patino before their derby against Preston yesterday.
Patino went on to score & provide an assist in a man of the match display in Blackpool’s 4-2 win.
🎶 He’s Charlie Patino, he knew the place to go 🎶
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) October 23, 2022
😀 Wishing you all a very good morning, especially Charlie Patino, Jerry Yates and CJ Hamilton.
🍊 #UTMP pic.twitter.com/uyjOCVOzSf
— Blackpool FC (@BlackpoolFC) October 23, 2022
👏 "He's got an understanding of the game beyond his years."
✅ "He's got a big future ahead of him."@BlackpoolFC boss Michael Appleton praises the impact that @Arsenal loanee Charlie Patino has made at the club
How impressive was he in today's win over Preston? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/HRTAV3AUIG
— talkSPORT 2 (@talkSPORT2) October 22, 2022
"And then he said to me…."🤫🎶@BlackpoolFC#UTMP 🍊 pic.twitter.com/FdfKFa5DdM
— Charlie Patino (@CharliePatino10) October 22, 2022
Charlie Patino stats against Preston
27 – Pass Attempts
11 – Pass Completed
40.7% – Pass %
1 – F3rd Entry Passes
2 – Progressive Passes
2 – Key Passes
0.20 – xA
1 – Shots
0.04 – xG
4 – Tackles
0 – Dribbled Past
2 – Fouls
3 – Interceptions
2 – Blocked Passes
4 – Ball Recoveries pic.twitter.com/x563ZNUoBX
— Scott Willis (@oh_that_crab) October 22, 2022
Let’s have it right. Charlie Patino fucking hates Preston North End
— and then he said to me.. (@Campbell_simm) October 22, 2022
Anyone else singing Charlie Patino ? Just been in frankie and bennies and been singing it there 😂😂😂
— Jonty72🍊FY1 (@Jonty72FY1) October 22, 2022
Blackpool need to buy Charlie Patino at all costs.. unproven, 50m £100k a week.
— and then he said to me.. (@Campbell_simm) October 22, 2022
DerbyDayDelight 🧡🍊 @BlackpoolFC CharliePatino 🎵 Wanna go on the **** with who??
— Free Palestine 🇵🇸 (@KeshMan_) October 22, 2022
Charlie Patino. What a mature performance. Just turned 19, stepping into a big derby game. Got stuck in. Managed the entire second half on a yellow, despite Preston’s attempts to get him sent off by looking for a reaction.
Topped off by a goal & assist.
— George (@ItsRamosYT) October 22, 2022
Me & @nobbym66 had a wedding but still made it a priority, Charlie Patino & Jerry Yates can have my children #UTMP 🍊🍊 pic.twitter.com/A60VOfoxUu
— Mick (@mickmavs) October 22, 2022
Charlie Patino this kid is different class 👏 The football brain he has got is amazing .Shout out to Jerry Yates phenomenal. ⚽️🧡🍊⚽️
— sharon schofield (@sharonschofiel2) October 22, 2022
Fucking get in there!!!! What a feeling!!!
If Charlie Patino doesn't end his career with at least 60-70 England caps then something's gone seriously wrong.
— Andy (@AndyKingHerod) October 22, 2022
Charlie Patino liked my tweet and my life has now hit the highest possible peak
— 𝐥𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐧🍊 (@laurenldugdale) October 21, 2022
Some Arsenal players will have Charlie Patino to worry about as competition soon.
— Teslim. (@VectorThaViper) October 22, 2022