Phil Hay has been speaking on the latest edition of The Athletic’s The Phil Hay Show about all things relating to Leeds United.
One of the topics that he spent a little bit of time on was Tyler Roberts and his future, as the 22-year-old only has until next summer left on his contract, and earlier in this transfer window, he was linked with numerous Championship clubs.
However, he has not left Elland Road yet and came off the bench as a substitute during the Whites’ 2-1 win over Newcastle United earlier in the week.
This led Hay to discuss him and also issue a claim on his long-term Leeds future.
He said: “I felt he was more effective in that spell than Bamford had been [against Newcastle], certainly at the start of the second half.
“It’s been difficult for Roberts, he hasn’t had much time on the pitch, it was kept very quiet but his absence after the turn of the year, our understanding is that was [pandemic]-related.
“I am still not sure where it’s going for Roberts at Leeds; he’s got a year left at the end of this season. There was obviously quite a lot of interest in him this month, although Leeds haven’t taken any of it up.”
Do you think that Roberts will stay at Leeds long term?
No, he will be gone soon
Yes, he has a big future here
TIF Thoughts on Roberts…
This season, the Welsh international has started just two Premier League games for the Whites in the league, in which he has failed to score or provide a single assist.
His rating in these games has been a poor 6.18/10, which ranks him as the Whites’ second-worst player in the Premier League this season (as per WhoScored).
Several Championship clubs were keen to take the 22-year-old, but it looks like he could be staying at Elland Road and you would think that he would have to perform a lot better in the second half of the season than he has done in the first.
If he doesn’t do this, then maybe the Whites will look to move him on in the summer.