Gabriel Agbonlahor has dropped an upbeat verdict on Leeds United attacking midfielder Tyler Roberts, as reported by Football Insider.
The Lowdown: Leeds United gear up for 2021/22
As Leeds United get their ducks in a row ahead of 2021/22, there is a real sense of intrigue as to how Marco Bielsa’s man will build on their impressive 9th placed finish last time out [SportsKeeda].
Acquiring some high-profile signings would send a real statement to the likes of the ‘big six’, but prioritising the development of younger stars already at the club may also be high up on the Elland Road priority list.
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The Latest: Agbonlahor talks up Roberts after contract reveal
In an interview with Football Insider, Agbonlahor seemed to echo this sentiment when talking about Wales international Roberts in particular, after he signed a new contract at the Yorkshire club until 2024 [Athletic], stating:
“He’s the perfect squad player for Leeds.
“He’s not going to start but he’s perfect to have in the squad. They’re right to sign him up.
“He’s not going to kick up a fuss when he’s not starting.
“Yes, his numbers have to get better but maybe after having a year in the Premier League, he will have learnt a lot and will become a better player.”
The Verdict: Roberts needs regular top-flight exposure to maximise his offensive capability
Undoubtedly, the popular ex-pro turned pundit makes an excellent point about Roberts’ contribution in a Leeds United jersey.
In 2020/21, Roberts made 27 Premier League appearances and registered three goal contributions; one goal and two assists [Transfermarkt]. Many of those showings were off the bench though, so we shouldn’t read too much into his end product just yet.
Roberts has also won 14 caps for the Wales international side, further demonstrating his quality on an elite stage [Transfermarkt].
Intelligently, the former Aston Villa striker Agbonlahor also alludes to the fact that the attacking midfielder’s statistics will improve as he gains more exposure to English top-flight football.
With the right coaching – something he certainly has at Thorp Arch under Marcelo Bielsa – Roberts could yet become a key player in the top flight for Leeds.
In other news, Leeds United have been offered the chance to sign an Ivory Coast international.
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