Athletic journalist Phil Hay has said that Leeds United striker Tyler Roberts “is expected to stay at Elland Road beyond the end of this transfer window, despite approaches to take him on loan to the Championship.”
Roberts has been linked with a loan move away, with Mirror journalist David Anderson saying Bournemouth and Derby were two of the Championship clubs who want to sign him.
Anderson said that Bielsa wanted to keep him and it seems that Roberts wants to stay at Leeds and fight for his place in the side.
Writing in The Athletic, Hay admitted that Roberts’ lack of game time alerted Championship clubs to the possibility of signing Roberts.
“Roberts has been targeted by several second-tier sides, including Derby County, but neither he nor Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa are minded to consider those offers before the window closes,” Hay said.
“Bielsa is sympathetic over Roberts’ lack of game time but the 22-year-old was the first substitute used by the Leeds manager against Brighton over the weekend, a decision which indicated that he remains in the club’s plans for now.
“Attention on his future is likely to intensify in the summer as Roberts enters the last year of his contract at Elland Road.”
Roberts’ time is now
Leeds paid £2.5m for Roberts three years ago from West Brom when he was 19 and yet to break into the first-team as a regular.
In the past three years, he’s only scored seven goals and at 22 it’s now time for him to realise his potential.
We’ve been saying, ‘He’s young, give him time’ for a while now and there’s not much more slack we can cut for him.
Games like the one against Hull last season show what he can do what he hits his stride.
However, Hull were a poor Championship side and Roberts has done little to prove to us that he can adapt to the Premier League yet.
Roberts was the first player Bielsa turned to when things were going wrong against Brighton and it shows he’s still got the manager’s trust.
And, with no other senior strikers at the club, Leeds do need Roberts in the second half of this season.
That gives him six months to prove he deserves a new contract with major changes expected to the side in the summer.
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