Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips believes that Tyler Roberts could leave Leeds United this summer in order to find regular first-team football.
The Lowdown: Limited playing time
The Whites may have enjoyed a memorable season back in the Premier League, securing a ninth-place finish, but Roberts hasn’t been a key presence in Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
The Welsh forward started just 14 of Leeds’ 38 league games, often having to play second fiddle to more important attackers, such as Raphinha and Jack Harrison.
Roberts has been linked with a summer exit from Elland Road as he potentially seeks to move to a club where he will start most weeks.
The Latest: Pundit tips Roberts to leave
“I want to see young players playing. I’ve said that all along. He’s had some minutes this year but when you’ve had that, you want to be playing first team football.
“Once you’ve had that taste. If you aren’t guaranteed that at your club then you want to go somewhere else. Naturally, when know you can perform at the Premier League level you want to play every week and develop.
“That’s one we’ll be reading about over summer whether he goes out on loan or whatever. Him going would not be a surprise.”
The Verdict: Keep hold of him, Leeds
While Robertson may not be an indispensable figure at Leeds, he is still a valuable squad member, with his former West Brom boss Tony Pulis once describing him as ‘very talented’.
At 22, he is at an age where he is still maturing, and under the tutelage of Bielsa, there is no reason why he can’t become a regular starter for the Whites over time.
That being said, if Roberts is already desperate to be a vital presence elsewhere, it will be hard to begrudge him a summer move, with Leeds receiving a fee for his services rather than risking losing him for free when his contract expires next year.
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