By Saikat Mandal

18th Nov, 2021 | 8:06am

Leeds could send Tyler Roberts out on loan in January

Leeds United could allow Tyler Roberts to leave on loan in the January transfer window, according to reports from Yorkshire Evening Post.

Graham Smyth of YEP has discussed in-depth the situation of Roberts. He claims that the 22-year-old could be allowed to go out on loan, preferably to a Championship club.

Roberts has played in all 11 Premier League games thus far, but he has managed just one start. He is yet to score a goal or register an assist.

Marcelo Bielsa firmly believes that Roberts can fulfil his potential. At the moment he is not doing any justice to his vast ability. It’s not working for him at all.

Brilliant idea

Having offered him a contract extension in the summer, letting him go permanently doesn’t make any sense.

He mostly plays as an attacking midfielder at Leeds, and not as a centre-forward. Roberts has impressed only in flashes, and the end-product in his game is something he really needs to work on.

Apart from Raphinha, the likes of Jack Harrison and Daniel James have struggled too in terms of output. It’s a general issue, and pointing blame at Roberts isn’t fair.

Bielsa will be encouraged by Rodrigo’s improved form and the growth of Joe Gelhardt. With Patrick Bamford set to make a comeback, Bielsa will have sufficient options to allow Roberts to go out on loan.

It can be a risky decision as well. Roberts could be a handy option from the bench, and he is likely to be needed if Rodrigo gets injured.

However, a move to Championship is ideal for him. He needs breathing space and room to express himself to regain his form.

Ben White improved immensely whilst on loan at Leeds, so there’s no reason to believe why Roberts cannot follow a similar sort of trajectory.

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