, ‘A tough one’ – Reporter delivers verdict on potential Leeds United move for 28-year-old

‘A tough one’ – Reporter delivers verdict on potential Leeds United move for 28-year-old

Leeds United signed Connor Roberts on loan in January but reporter Graeme Bailey doesn’t see them keeping him on a permanent basis.

Leeds United were in need of another option at full-back in the winter transfer window. They were able to make a solid addition to their ranks too, recruiting Wales international Roberts.

The former Swansea City man signed on a deal until the end of the campaign having struggled for minutes in the Premier League with Burnley. He’s since played nine times for the Championship leaders, chipping in with a goal and an assist in the process.

Of those outings though, only two have been from the start. Starlet Archie Gray has been preferred there, but Roberts has still offered a reliable presence when coming on as a substitute.

, ‘A tough one’ – Reporter delivers verdict on potential Leeds United move for 28-year-old
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Questions over the possibility of keeping loan players often arises as the campaign nears an end. However, reporter Graeme Bailey feels a permanent stay at Elland Road is unlikely for Roberts.

As quoted by Leeds United News, Bailey said unless he’s available on the cheap, a return seems unlikely.

“I don’t see it particularly, especially if Kristensen ends up coming back. I think Roberts has been OK, if he was available for very little, it is a possibility.

“You’ve got squad players but what does Roberts offer that Sam Byram doesn’t, kind of thing. It is a tough one but I don’t see him being a long-term part for Leeds, being honest. I would be surprised if he came in.”

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, ‘A tough one’ – Reporter delivers verdict on potential Leeds United move for 28-year-old

Who is this?

Time will tell

It’s going to be interesting to see how the right-back situation at Leeds United pans out this summer.

Regardless of which division the Whites find themselves in, some would argue at least one needs signing. Rasmus Kristensen could come back into the fold once his loan ends but it could be that he moves on for good, and that’s not exactly reliant on which league the club are in.

Sam Byram – who has mainly filled in at left-back – sees his deal end but has likely done enough to earn an extension. Roberts’ loan will be coming to an end, so his situation will likely be assessed and if a move isn’t made, someone else may need to be targeted.

Last but not least, current first-choice Gray has performed brilliantly at right-back. However, he’s naturally a central midfielder, and ideally, he needs to play there to maximise his game.

Time will tell just how the matter pans out, but those behind the scenes certainly have some thinking to do.

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