Leeds must look to sell Tyler Roberts in this January transfer window amid reported interest from Championship side Bournemouth.
Signed back in January 2018 when Thomas Christiansen was still in charge at Elland Road, it’s fair to say Roberts hasn’t quite fulfilled the kind of potential that convinced Leeds to spend around £2.5m to bring him in from West Brom.
He’s bagged just seven goals in 63 total appearances for the club, whilst injuries certainly haven’t helped his cause either. This season has seen him make just nine appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
But he could be set for a fresh start, with The Daily Mail claiming that Bournemouth are monitoring the out-of-favour forward, and that with Josh King and David Brooks the subject of Premier League interest, they are on the look-out for potential replacements.
At just 21, Roberts still has plenty of time to grow and develop, but the Whites’ promotion to the Premier League means they desperately need top-quality players both in the starting line-up and on the bench.
And Roberts sadly just doesn’t fit into that category. It’s been a telling sign that Bielsa has started him just twice this campaign, with only one of those coming in the Premier League, and even that was against Manchester City way back in early October.
The Wales international’s potential has been something Leeds icon Ian Harte has talked up previously, saying: “Since he signed from West Brom he’s really matured. Okay, he’s had a few niggling injuries since he arrived but he’s definitely a very clever player.
“He’ll get you goals and drop into those pockets where defenders will want to come out, so he’s a very intelligent player. It’s just frustrating for the strikers there because of the formation that they play and the fact that it’s only one up front.”
But Roberts just hasn’t shown it consistently enough to warrant still being part of this Leeds team going forward, especially if Andrea Radrizzani has aspirations of getting this side back to the glory days. Selling the Welshman this month just seems the logical thing to do.