Tyler Roberts has been told he can take his career on to the next level by quitting Leeds United this summer and linking up with Steve Bruce at Newcastle.
The Wales international has endured a stop-start spell since signing for Leeds from West Brom back in January 2018. This season, however, he has fared slightly better and, having waited for his chance, has muscled his way into Marcelo Bielsa’s side. Indeed, Roberts has made 14 starts for Leeds in the Premier League, adding 12 more off the bench.
That is comfortably his best season yet for the Yorkshire side. And, after several near misses, the forward struck his first goal in the Premier League during Tuesday’s 2-0 win at Southampton.
However, the 13-cap Wales forward’s future remains in some doubt. Roberts’ contract at Elland Road expires in summer 2022 and Leeds are keen to tie him to an extension.
But, according to reports earlier this week, Roberts has turned down the offer to leave his future up for debate.
Roberts was linked with an exit ahead of the January window, before Bielsa opted to keep him. That decision looked vindicated as the player forced his way into Bielsa’s plans.
But it’s now emerged that he’s a target for Newcastle this summer. It’s suggested Steve Bruce is a huge admirer of Roberts and is willing to fork out £10m for his services.
And according to Paddy Kenny, a move to St James’ Park would help Roberts take his game to another level.
“If he wants to play every week, sometimes you’ve got to move on and try your luck somewhere else,” Kenny told Football Insider.
“If that’s the case and Newcastle are interested, he should go there and get more first-team football. It can only be a good move for him.
“I think Brucey would bring the best out of him if he’s still there next season, maybe in a way the manager hasn’t been able to at Leeds.
“He always said that once he had a fully fit squad, Newcastle would do a lot better. He’s proved that.
“To me, Steve Bruce is an excellent manager and definitely one that could get the best out of Roberts.”
Roberts hits out at Leeds critics
Leeds now top the form table for the last 10 games after a hugely-impressive run of form under Bielsa.
The Whites are now guaranteed a top-half finish in the Premier League and their run of one defeat in 10 makes a mockery of those who claim ‘Bielsa burnout’ would have derailed their season.
That’s something Roberts was quick to highlight and says he hopes their form has silenced their doubters.
“That’s been something that’s happened over the last few years,” he told Amazon Prime Video. “People think we’re going to fade away towards the end of the season and I don’t get it this year, because we showed last season that we pushed on even more and it’s showing again this season.
“It’s credit to the boys and our fitness.”