Newcastle eye Leeds United attacker Tyler Roberts
Leeds United have tabled a new contract offer to Tyler Roberts with the Welsh international set to enter the last year of his existing deal, according to the Daily Mail.
The newspaper claims Newcastle are “monitoring developments” in regards to the 22-year-old, who has “at times cut a frustrated figure at not cementing a starting place” at Elland Road.
It is understood that despite being in and out of Marcelo Bielsa’s plans and the fact that he’s set to enter the last 12 month of his deal, Leeds have valued Roberts at over £10million in the hope that scares off Newcastle.
The Mail’s update on Roberts represents a major U-turn on the attacking midfielder’s future at Leeds as The Athletic’s Phil Hay mentioned earlier this year he could be moved on in the summer.
Hay has since eluded to a change in stance on Roberts’ future [The Phil Hay Show] and it would seem that this new contract completes that turnaround.
Another chance for Roberts?
Roberts has been at Leeds longer than Bielsa and a lot of people seem to forget that he only turned 22-years-of-age earlier this year.
The ex-West Brom attacker is very much someone who has some development to do and we’ve seen over the course of this season that he has improved.
However, the fact of the matter is that Roberts has not really nailed down a starting spot at Elland Road and has only ever really been drafted in to cover injuries and suspensions.
He’s made 25 Premier League appearances this term for the Whites, starting 14 of them.
Roberts lost his spot in Bielsa’s starting line-up on Saturday with Rodrigo back from injury and that’s totally understandable – especially given the Spain international’s stunning performance at Burnley.
Roberts no doubt realises that if he’s finding it hard to play regularly now, he’s only going to find it even harder next season once Bielsa and Victor Orta add to the squad a little bit more.
We don’t want to see him join Steve Bruce’s circus at Newcastle but we wouldn’t be against Roberts leaving in the summer to further his career and also raise some funds for us.
He’s been a great servant and we hope he manages to get whatever he wants out of the next transfer window – whether that’s a new contract at Leeds or a deal elsewhere.
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