The future of Leeds United attacker Tyler Roberts has been in doubt with several clubs chasing him on loan, via The Sun, but Phil Hay has now provided a major update which reveals whether the club want to keep him or not.
The latest on Roberts
Writing in The Athletic, Hay rather definitively said: “Roberts has been targeted by several second-tier sides, including Derby County, but neither he nor Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa are minded to consider those offers before the window closes.
“Bielsa is sympathetic over Roberts’ lack of game time but the 22-year-old was the first substitute used by the Leeds manager against Brighton over the weekend, a decision which indicated that he remains in the club’s plans for now.
“Attention on his future is likely to intensify in the summer as Roberts enters the last year of his contract at Elland Road.”
Should Leeds keep him?
Roberts had only played 265 minutes of league football this season (Transfermarkt), barely-used by the manager and rarely seen by supporters.
He has been praised in the past by Noel Whelan though, who believes Roberts’ pace poses a “different” threat and makes him a “fantastic” option off the bench. He said: “Now you’ve got Tyler Roberts who I think has been looking fantastic in that position, he poses a different kind of threat.”
Clearly Marcelo Bielsa feels that Roberts still has something to give, even from the bench, as this transfer update has revealed he would like to keep him at the club. Squad depth has been crucial this season due to the intense and heavily congested fixture list, so it makes perfect sense for the club to want to keep the Wales starlet.
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