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Why the capture of West Brom’s U21 Welshman could turn out to be a great move for Leeds United

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Tyler Roberts

Why Tyler Roberts Would Be A Great Signing For Leeds United If He Fulfills His Potential

Of the signings that Leeds United have made during the January transfer window, the capture of Welsh Under-21 international Tyler Roberts might well be the most promising. Manager Thomas Christiansen wanted to bolster his forward line to help the run-up to the Championship playoffs and the arrival of Roberts will definitely give him a quality option while West Brom may live to regret their decision to offload the young striker.

Although he looked like he was not ready to make the step up to the Premier League just yet, he has all the potential to make it to that level in the near future. Leeds United will be hoping it is with them.

Tyler Roberts is an exciting young talent and he became only the second player born in 1999 to make his Premier League debut when he played in the final game of the 2015-16 season. Since then, Roberts has gained experience working at different levels around the Football League, going out on loan to Oxford United, Shrewsbury and Walsall.

He is a quick striker, who is strong and leads the line. He likes to play ‘in behind’ a defence and can use his pace to get the better of them. He also has an eye for goal and scored 5 goals while on loan at Walsall this season.

There is no doubt that Leeds United is a big step for Roberts and he may have to be eased into Thomas Christiansen’s side. He will be relishing the opportunity to show his talent on a bigger stage than he has been able to at the moment. His direct competition for a place in the team is Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who has 7 goals so far this season for Leeds. At times, Lasogga has appeared unplayable but having to compete with the quality of Tyler Roberts may turn out to be very beneficial to the German.

The risk of signing young players like Roberts is that he is still in the early stages of his football development and it may not go the way you would expect it to. But if Roberts can fulfil his potential, then Leeds will surely have a real quality player on their hands.