This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Derby County are among a plethora of Championship sides to have submitted an enquiry for Leeds United attacker Tyler Roberts, as per Football Insider.
The Welsh forward finds himself well down the pecking order at Elland Road and he’s being chased by an array of clubs in the second tier, including the Rams, Sheffield Wednesday and Bournemouth among others.
The 21-year-old who is able to operate as a main striker or in an advanced attacking midfield role, could be offloaded temporarily by the Whites as they look to offer him more game-time.
So, from a Rams perspective, would Roberts be a good signing? Is he needed at Pride Park?
The team at FLW take a look….
Roberts would be an excellent signing.
The Welshman would bring such versatility and class to the Derby attack; he would really be an outstanding addition to an attack that needs work.
Marcelo Bielsa as experimented with Roberts in the No.9 position, where he can link play well and score goals, whilst the Leeds boss has also leaned on his creativity in the No.10 role.
In fact, Roberts showed what a creative outlet he can be against Derby in the penultimate game of last season, picking up the ball deep and sliding Jamie Shackleton through on goal to make the game 2-1.
That versatility and class could be essential for the Rams in 2021.
It would really be a great move.
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He’d be a good signing, but I’m not sure whether he’d solve their problems.
Roberts turned out to be instrumental in Leeds United’s promotion to the Premier League towards the back end of the season and scored some important goals.
He was an out and out goalscorer before he went to Leeds, but Marcelo Bielsa has transformed him into into an attacking midfielder and he probably now sees that as his main role.
Whilst Derby could do with a bit of creativity and guile, they desperately need a goalscorer and a physical presence who can provide quality competition for Colin Kazim-Richards.
Is Roberts that man? I don’t think so.
I think Roberts is someone who has the potential to be a good signing for Derby.
Despite some more promising results and performances of late, the Rams still look to be in serious need of some extra attacking firepower upfront, so you can understand the intent of the move at least.
Roberts certainly showed on occasion during Leeds’ promotion campaign last season that he possesses both the creative spark and attacking instinct to make an impact upfront at Championship level, and given Derby’s top scorer this season – Colin Kazim-Richards – has three league goals to his name, that feels like it is exactly what they need.
The pressure would of course be on Roberts to make that sort of contribution on a regular basis, but given he is going to be determined to prove to Marcelo Bielsa and co. that he still has a part to play back at Elland Road – given the lack of opportunities he has had in the Premier League this season – he would no doubt be doing all he can to succeed with that, something which Derby would stand to benefit.