Tyler Roberts’ position is one Leeds United could look to strengthen this summer, transfer insider Dean Jones claims.
The 23-year-old, who has made just seven league starts this season, has often played in roles just behind the lone striker during his time at Elland Road.
How has Roberts fared in the current campaign?
Roberts has just the only league goal to his name but again the £7.2m rated Welshman hasn’t been a regular starter.
It was a similar theme last season, with Roberts only signing up for the English top flight once after making 14 starts under former manager Marcelo Bielsa.
In this successful 2020/21 campaign for Leeds, the Wales international has mainly been used as an attacking midfielder, playing 17 times in the position.
He was reportedly hoping to impress Jesse Marsch and carve out a place in the team after the American arrived last month, but that will now have to wait after hamstring surgery ended his season.
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What did Jones say about Roberts?
Winning Marsch next term could be tricky though, with Jones telling GIVEMESPORT he thinks Leeds will try to strengthen themselves in the former West Brom player’s position this summer.
Speaking to GMS about Roberts, the football journalist said: “We have the feeling that his position is one of those that will be targeted this summer to be strengthened.”
Where else could Leeds strengthen?
It would have to be said that bringing in another natural No.9 must also be a priority for Leeds when the transfer window reopens.
They have looked extremely light there this season, with first-choice striker Patrick Bamford picking up several injuries.
It is now reported that the England international is set to be out for the next six weeks with another injury concern, showing the Whites’ desperate need for another striker.
Left-back looks like a position the club could also tackle. According to TEAMtalk, director of football Victor Orta is eyeing Anderlecht’s Sergio Gomez to strengthen this area.
Like Bamford, the team’s current first-choice left-back Junior Firpo has also struggled to stay fit this season, missing 11 league games in total.
You would suspect that if Leeds lose Kalvin Phillips, who is attracting strong interest from Aston Villa, midfield is another area that will need to be looked at if that is not already the plan.
Ultimately, given their struggles this season and the fact that they are in a relegation battle, it wouldn’t be surprising if Marsch is quite active in the upcoming transfer window.
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