Leeds United have confirmed that Tyler Roberts has signed a new three-year contract to stay at Elland Road.
The Wales international, who was named as a member of his country’s EUROs squad, played 28 times for Marcelo Bielsa’s side in all competitions last season, including featuring in the final 16 Premier League games.
“It was great to be a part of it, playing in the big games and battling with the best, was a great experience. I want to get more goals and become an even more important part of the team. I’m excited to see the fans back in the stadium next season, I’ll be working hard to make sure I’m at my best and to show them even more than I have.”
While Roberts hardly set the world alight at Elland Road last season – he managed just one goal and provided two assists – there’s no questioning that the Welshman became someone who Bielsa came to rely upon, particularly in the latter stages of the campaign.
From mid-February to early May, the 22-year-old started 12 consecutive games in the Premier League, and Bielsa himself was very open in his praise of the forward.
He said: “He has played many games in a row and has shown he has the resources to justify his starting position in the team. He has virtues that are very difficult to find in football at the moment. He has all the resources necessary to unbalance offensively and still has a lot to grow to make these attempts useful and efficient.”
The hope will be that now that he has signed a new long-term contract and his future at Elland Road is all settled, Roberts will be able to kick on and really realise his full potential next season.
But having made him an integral part of his first-team squad, Bielsa will be absolutely buzzing to see the Welshman commit his future to the club.
This news emerging from Thorp Arch is very exciting for Bielsa.