Tyler Roberts has revealed that Leeds United promised he’d be a part of their first-team when he joined the Whites from West Brom in January 2018.
Roberts, 21, has had a decent, if not injury-hit, spell at Elland Road to date and has only managed to start four matches in all competitions this season.
However that hasn’t stopped the Wales international from having an impact for Marcelo Bielsa with him putting in big performances every now and then.
His midfield masterclass against West Brom last season helped the Whites win 4-0 against his former club and in February, he scored a magnificent brace off the bench away at Hull City.
Roberts has now spoken about why he quit the Baggies to head to Elland Road, saying that he saw more first-team opportunities in West Yorkshire than he did in the West Midlands.
“I was at obviously West Brom, I’d just come back from a loan at Walsall and I kind of wanted to cement a first-team place at West Brom, and when that got made kind of obvious that it wasn’t going to be that season or maybe the next season, I’d kind of had enough of going out on loan and moving teams I wanted to settle and fight for a first-team spot,” Roberts said in a Q&A on Leeds’ official Twitter account.
“So, Leeds were interested, and they said that I’d be part of the first team so obviously it’s a massive club so it was pretty much a no-brainer for me.”
— Leeds United (@LUFC) May 30, 2020
Roberts’ move to join Leeds has been fully justified.
After he returned to West Brom in January 2018 when his loan spell at Walsall ended, the attacker had just one senior appearance to his name for Albion.
His arrival at Leeds was scuppered by a season-ending shin injury but there is no denying he has played a big role under Bielsa, despite not playing that much.
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