Leeds still have £2.5 million striker to introduce next season
All the talk about new players at Leeds United is only going to intensify over the coming weeks and months. We don’t even know who our head-coach will be next season and in classic Leeds United fashion we will probably be the last to sort things out.
We already know one striker who will make his debut next season, Tyler Roberts, a £2.5 million buy in January. Roberts arrived from West Bromwich Albion for a substantial fee given his age and experience but Leeds are hoping for the potential to be discovered at Elland Road. Roberts was wanted by a host of clubs before Leeds stepped to the front of the queue with a decent fee. Roberts had been on loan at Walsall and does come with big expectations.
West Brom weren’t all that keen on letting him go but the money helped to secure the deal for England and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, that didn’t work out but nor did Roberts’ move so far. Roberts cracked his shin in training before he even kicked a ball in the first-team and hasn’t featured once despite signing on deadline day. The others clubs interested included the likes of AC Milan and Marseille. Roberts is highly rated but at £2.5 million he was a gamble.
These are the sort of players Leeds fans do like to see sign. Young and English as well as quick and strong it isn’t the usual issue of trying to dissect a foreign import we have never heard of. I had actually forgotten we have Tyler Roberts at the club until the last few days. Leeds are currently in pursuit of Abel Hernandez to rectify what was one of the tamest forward lines in the Championship last campaign.
Leeds fans will look forward to seeing Roberts next season, hopefully he will be playing alongside a host of new faces. Roberts will want to make up for lost time after the situation regarding his injury will have delayed his debut by around six months. Currently we have Caleb Ekuban, Kemar Roofe and Ryan Edmondson on the books but Ekuban has just one league goal to his name and Ryan Edmondson just 25 minutes to his Leeds career. It’s fair to say there will be much intrigue surrounding his debut when it eventually rolls round.