Leeds United could send Tyler Roberts out on loan for the upcoming season, after a report named two Championship clubs keen on his services.
Roberts has been with Leeds since 2018, when they signed him from West Bromwich Albion. In the time since, he has scored nine goals from 108 appearances. Given he is a forward, those numbers have not made him a universally popular player at Elland Road.
Still only 23 years old, he could benefit from a spell away from the club. Especially with the World Cup on the horizon, it would suit the Wales international to play more regularly.
To do so, he may have to drop down to the Championship, where a couple of clubs have identified him as a target.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Queens Park Rangers are leading the race for Roberts. They face competition, though, from Hull City.
The report claims Leeds are likely to sign off a loan exit for Roberts within a week. They would prefer to offload him before they leave for a pre-season tour in Australia.
Under contract until 2024, the attacker would be leaving on a temporary basis. However, it is hinted that Leeds could include a clause in a deal that would make it permanent if his takers win promotion to the Premier League.
QPR and Hull finished 11th and 19th respectively in the Championship last season.
Loan would benefit Tyler Roberts
Roberts would be more likely to receive playing time at either destination than by staying at Leeds. He only started seven Premier League matches during the 2021-22 campaign, which ended prematurely for him due to injury.
Although his versatility means he can play as an attacking midfielder or centre-forward, he faces competition from arguably better players in each role. For example, he would struggle to dislodge the likes of Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo, Dan James, Brenden Aaronson and even Joe Gelhardt.
Therefore, a drop back down to the Championship may serve Roberts well. Seven of his nine Leeds goals came in the second tier.
It would be a good test for him to see what he would be capable of in the longer term.