Leeds given more motivation to extend Tyler Roberts' deal
With 20 minutes remaining of Leeds’s final day clash with West Brom, Pablo Hernandez left the Elland Road pitch for the final time following the announcement that this season will be his last with the Whites.
The player who replaced the Spaniard was Tyler Roberts.
Of course, all of the focus in that moment was on Hernandez, as well as Gaetano Berardi, who was also playing his last game for Leeds.
And because of that it has largely been overlooked that Roberts may have also made his last Leeds appearance in that game – if recent reports prove to be correct.
Roberts is out of contract next summer. And the Daily Mail reported that Newcastle are eyeing a move for the 22-year-old.
The Mail noted that Leeds would be prepared to sell Roberts for £10 million. However, the Whites have put a long-term contract offer on the table, so it would appear that their preference would be for the youngster to stay.
And surely, it is now fair to say that their desire to extend Roberts’s terms will have only increased following Hernandez’s announcement.
Roberts spent the large majority of the campaign ahead of the 36-year-old in the pecking order.
So perhaps, the magician’s departure may change little for Marcelo Bielsa anyway.
But surely, he will be even more determined to keep Roberts now that Hernandez is moving on.
Losing two of his number 10 options in one window would surely be something that Bielsa would want to avoid.
So it has arguably become much more imperative that Leeds put to bed any uncertainty over Roberts’s future.