BBC commentator Adam Pope has been speaking on the latest edition of The Athletic’s The Phil Hay Show about Tyler Roberts’ new deal.
Roberts was linked with a loan move away from Elland Road in the January transfer window, but featured in 17 league games for the Whites from the end of January.
He also scored his first-ever Premier League goal in the penultimate game of the season and has been rewarded with a new deal, which Pope spent some time on.
He said: “It’s a big, big deal for Tyler, who has really come to prominence in Bielsa’s thinking towards the back-end of last season.
“I wouldn’t say it’s been the easiest of seasons for him, but he’s certainly been rewarded for the faith that Bielsa has shown in him, I would say.
“You’ve got to say, was his future in doubt at Leeds United? But Bielsa clearly wants him, and it’s a three-year deal, which is a huge leap of faith by Bielsa and Leeds United.”
Do you think Roberts deserved a new deal?
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TIF Thoughts on Roberts…
In the first half of the season, the Welsh international only played 266 minutes as Bielsa preferred other options.
However, he deserves credit for staying and forcing his way into the Argentine’s plans, and now he has a new deal to show for his efforts.
We hope that he continues to improve next year and has a strong season.