By Sam Stone

2nd Jul, 2022 | 1:30pm

Graham Smyth: Championship duo vying for Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts

Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts is likely to leave the club this summer with QPR and Hull City vying for the 23-year-old, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The newspaper has suggested [2 July], that Roberts is expected to secure a loan move next week before Leeds travel to Australia for their pre-season preparations.

QPR are thought to be leading the charge for his services with a loan move potentially turning permanent should the London club secure promotion in the 2022/23 season.

The 19-time Welsh international made 23 Premier League appearances last season, scoring once and assisting once.

Makes sense

Having only signed a contract extension in the summer of 2021, it is a shame that Roberts’ time at Elland Road is coming to an end.

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However, with the sweeping changes that are taking place this summer, a move away does make sense for all parties at present.

Roberts has always looked like an exciting player, but sadly six goals in three seasons is not the kind of attacking output that sees a player last long in the Premier League.

The forward is still only 23, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Leeds man go on to be a success elsewhere and develop into a good Premier League player.

With his contract entering its final two years, it will take a top season from Roberts to put himself back into Elland Road contention for the 2023/24 season.

The 23-year-old’s departure will free up more room for Jesse Marsch to reshape his Leeds United squad in time for the upcoming Premier League campaign.

In other Leeds United news, a fellow youngster who looked to be on his way elsewhere this summer is set to stay and sign a new deal.