Paul Robinson: Sensible decision for Wales to call up Leeds United ace Tyler Roberts
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Paul Robinson is delighted with Wales’ decision to hand Leeds United ace Tyler Roberts a spot in their squad for the European Championships in the summer.
Roberts, 22, started the season as a bit-part player in Marcelo Bielsa’s squad but between February 14 and the final day of the campaign, he played in every single Premier League fixture.
The ex-West Brom attacker has been rewarded for his form at Elland Road with a spot in Robert Page’s squad for the upcoming tournament, in which Wales face a group that contains Italy, Switzerland and Turkey.
Roberts has been capped 13 times by Wales in his career so far and ex-Leeds goalkeeper Robinson is thrilled that he’ll probably add to that in the coming weeks.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “It’s good news for him personally and it’s sensible because he’s played a lot of football this year – probably more than he expected.
“He’s played really well in a good team and I think it just shows a good mentality of the manager, you let sleeping dogs lie and you move on.
“It’s the correct decision because he’s a player involved in a squad.”
Roberts made 28 appearances in all competitions for Leeds this season, scoring one goal and supplying two assists in the process.
While he was linked with a move away from Elland Road in January, the young attacker’s form has since shown that he could be worth keeping around at the Yorkshire club into next season.
If there are other ins and outs in the summer, Roberts will be left as one of the players who know Bielsa’s ways and his system better than anyone else.
For someone who’s just 22-years-old, he could be seen as one of Leeds’ senior players next term and his experience at the Euros will no doubt add to that.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites want to sign this 35-cap international more than any other club this summer.