By Mark Smith

31st Aug, 2020 | 8:15pm

Derby County plotting move for Leeds star with 23 apps in 19/20 season - report

Derby County are interested in a move for Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts.

The Times have reported that the Championship side are monitoring the Welsh international after the Whites completed a switch for Rodrigo.

The Spanish international moved to Elland Road for a fee of £27million, breaking a record that had stood for 20 years in West Yorkshire.

Roberts played a big role in promotion to the Premier League, but he could miss the start of this season.

The 21-year-old has withdrawn from the Wales national squad on Monday, with another injury ahead of games against Finland and Bulgaria.

BBC journalist Adam Pope claimed that it was “no major worry” for the Whites, who will continue to monitor Roberts ahead of the Liverpool clash in less than two weeks.

Derby should look elsewhere

Roberts was superb at times last season, making 23 appearances under Marcelo Bielsa both upfront and in the playmaker role.

His cameo in the 4-0 win at Hull City gave us all a glimpse of what he could do, finishing off a flowing move and also tucking away a looping header.

The promising forward has also been the face of recent kit announcements with JD, showing off Leeds’ brand-new sleeve sponsors.

Bielsa admitted after the lockdown that Roberts was a player with “great offensive resources” when analysing his attacking options.

The best Derby could hope for would be a loan deal, but even then they would be clutching at straws, and we can confidently say they are aiming way too high with this one.

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