Roberts steps up after a tough 6 months

22 Sep 2018 08:15 am, by YorkshireSquare

The signing of Tyler Roberts from West Brom back in January was a bit of a coup, even if it went a bit under the radar at the time with everything else going on a the club. A ‘bright academy prospect’ he hadn’t got too many chances at West Brom but promised a bright future ahead of him after successful loan spells at Shrewsbury and Walsall. The Welsh national team were also tracking his progress closely having featured for them at youth level.

Roberts had hoped to hit the ground running at Leeds but an injury he was suffering from kept him out of the Cardiff match. A fractured shin bone picked up in training then meant the young striker missed out on the rest of the season and Leeds United post season tour of Myanmar. It wasn’t until July that he kicked a ball, a very frustrating time for a young player.

It’s been a stressful, difficult and hard six months but finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks for your continued patience in me.

Roberts featured in Leeds’ pre-season campaign, netting against former club Oxford but come the start of the Championship season opportunities were limited again. With Kemar Roofe in the form that he is in and Patrick Bamford proving more than adequate backup he may have been worrying about where his chances would come aside from a few cup and substitute appearances out wide.

But with injuries to Bamford and Roofe in a short space of time Roberts would get his chance, thrown in at the deep end at the New Den. The young striker got into good positions against Millwall, even if he didn’t manage to score but against Preston he really took his chance with two goals. The first a lovely lobbed finish after a ball over the top from Kalvin Phillips, the second what looked like an easy header after some great interplay left him in acers of space.

Video by LUFC Lewis

Our main problem this season was always going to be the depth of the squad, we don’t have the biggest squad in the league. That’s suits Bielsa’s plans though but it will always give rise to concerns when we have injuries. But with his two goals against Preston Roberts has proved he can lead the line. When Roofe is back from injury it may be Roberts he his looking over his shoulder at rather than Roberts.

It’s been a tough start to his Leeds United career, still only 19 it must be difficult to spend so long on the side-lines itching to show your new club what you can do. But Roberts has stepped up and shown that he has potentially a very bright Leeds United career ahead of him.