Sheffield United have opened dialogue with Leeds United over a deal which would see Tyler Roberts come to Bramall Lane on loan.
Roberts has slipped down the pecking order a bit at Leeds and with Jesse Marsch making new signings this summer, he’s likely to find game time even harder to come by next term. And according to The Mirror’s Darren Witcoop – as relayed by MOT Leeds News – Sheffield United are one of the teams in the mix to sign Roberts.
A full Welsh international with 19 caps, Roberts played a key role in the Leeds side which won the Championship under Marcelo Bielsa in 2020. Often deployed in the number ten role behind the striker, Roberts will be viewed by Paul Heckingbottom as another way to soften the blow of losing Morgan Gibbs-White.
One thing which will worry the United boss, though, is Roberts’ lack of goals. Despite being lauded as ‘magnificent‘ by Leeds fans for one performance last season, he scored just one Premier League goal. Further, in his 19 caps for Wales, he has yet to hit the back of the net.
But the drop back to Championship football might suit Roberts, with United eyeing a loan move for the season.
Our View: Roberts A Sound Addition But Lack Of Goals A Worry
There’s no doubting Tyler Roberts can be an effective player. He plays that deeper role at the top of the pitch quite well and having worked with Bielsa and Marsch, is used to working hard and at high intensity.
On the whole, there are plenty of upsides to this move for United. They get a Premier League player, in a position they need to fill, and get someone who probably has a bit of a point to prove.
With Tom Lawrence also being looked at, it looks like United are certainly trying to make some big moves this summer.