Leeds United podcaster Dan Moylan has recently delivered his verdict about the situation of midfielder Tyler Roberts.
Moylan was a host of the latest episode of The Square Ball podcast and the panel discussed numerous issues involving the Elland Road-based club. They gave their opinion about multiple Leeds players.
Moylan talked about Roberts’ situation and the dilemma involving his contractual situation at the club. The podcaster believes that if Leeds commit to giving Roberts a higher wage, they can find themselves in a tough situation, especially if he’s not used regularly.
Roberts’ contract expires in at the end of next season and has only made nine league starts this term.
Does Tyler Roberts deserve a new contract?
Moylan urged Leeds to make a decision about the 22-year-old soon, because handing him a better deal can make him hard to offload in the future.
He stated: “I think that’s probably one of the drivers behind the questions being asked around the likes of Tyler Roberts, because he’s got a year left on his contract.
“The question now is, well, do we want to put him on a £50-£60,000 a week contract? Or is now the time to move a player like that on, and that’s no detriment to him. It’s just about whether they want to commit that scale of finance to a player, they need to then make a decision. Is he going to make it? Is he not? Because if he’s not, then suddenly you’re stuck with a player who’s quite hard to offload because of his massive wages.”
TIF Thoughts on Tyler Roberts…
While Roberts wasn’t a regular for the Whites earlier in the season, he has become a useful part of the side in recent weeks. He’s featured regularly since the defeat at Arsenal, even completing 90 minutes on three occasions since February. He’s also grabbed a couple of assists during this phase (as per Transfermarkt).
While it shows that he can be a squad player with Pablo Hernandez not playing, it depends on Leeds’ summer recruitment and the wages they can offer to Roberts. If they sign a superior player which reduces Roberts to being a squad player only, they might not be willing to offer £50k-a-week deal.
So it does present a dilemma for them and the next few weeks could define Roberts’ future.