By Mark Smith

16th Nov, 2019 | 1:54pm

MOT View: International exposure should make Roberts more effective for Leeds

The introduction of Tyler Roberts back into the first team has paid off massively for Leeds United.

After injury forced him to miss the beginning of the season, he got his first start against QPR and Roberts has shone in behind Patrick Bamford ever since.

His goal in that 2-0 win was his reward and he also helped the Whites to another three points against Blackburn. Leeds scored twice in both games – the first times they’d scored more than one at Elland Road this season.

The 20-year-old has once again been called up for Wales and Roberts has admitted he hopes to catch the eye of Ryan Giggs in training.

“Hopefully I can get some game time and we have got two massive games and hopefully we can get through to the Euro finals,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“I will train hard and show them what I can do and hopefully the manager will see that and put me on.”

That international exposure would surely see Roberts get even better. Being able to line up with the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale could see his work in the final third improve massively.

Roberts doesn’t have much experience at top level – one game with West Brom and the rest at a lower level than the Championship. Playing internationals should really help to develop his game.

Roberts has only averaged 0.6 key passes per game in the Championship according to WhoScored – numbers that must improve if he is to cement his place in the side under Marcelo Bielsa.

The youngster has made four appearances for Wales in the Nations League recently and has almost doubled the number of key passes – something we hope he can bring back to Elland Road.

International exposure will only be a good thing for Roberts and while he’ll run the slight risk of picking up an injury, game time for Wales could prove to be a net benefit for Leeds.

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