Noel Whelan isn’t convinced Tyler Roberts will remain a Leeds United player moving forward, as his Whites career hangs in the balance.
The Lowdown: Not a key man for Leeds
Leeds were superb back in the Premier League last season, with individuals such as Kalvin Phillips, Stuart Dallas, Raphinha and Patrick Bamford standing out, among others.
One player who was more of a peripheral figure was Roberts, with the Welshman only starting 14 out of 38 league games for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
The Latest: Whelan discusses Roberts’ future
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan expressed doubts over Roberts’ worth moving forward, saying he finds it hard to see him becoming a regular:
“Yeah, that’s the thing with these international tournaments.
“They put people on the map and you can either make it or break it. With Leeds this season, he’s been given a long spell of games to convince Bielsa he’s worth keeping.
“In my opinion, I’m still undecided. I don’t think he affected the game during his time on the field. As a number ten, you have to do more than he did. This is a massive tournament for him.
“The only thing tempting me to keep him at Leeds is the fact that he’s young. He may still have a bit of growth to come.
“If there’s interest from Newcastle and the contract isn’t signed, he might feel he needs a new start in his career. It’s massive to leave a club like Leeds.
“But once he comes back to Leeds I doubt he’ll start considering how Rodrigo finished the season.”
The Verdict: Time for a change?
At 22, Roberts still has time to mature as a player, but it does feel as though a fresh challenge could end up suiting all parties.
The Wales international, who Tony Pulis once described as ‘very talented’, could start for a lesser Premier League team, but that looks increasingly difficult at Leeds.
Bielsa will likely be looking to bring in even more attacking quality this summer, which could send Roberts further down the pecking order.
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