‘Next season, I’m looking to’: Leeds player shares goal for 2021/22, will make Bielsa happy
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‘Next season, I’m looking to’: Leeds player shares goal for 2021/22, will make Bielsa happy

Tyler Roberts has told LUTV that his goal is to score more next season after ending his Leeds United drought.

The Welshman has been speaking after signing a new three-year contract at Elland Road. He played a frequent role in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans last term, as the Whites finished ninth in the Premier League.

But Roberts only scored his sole goal of the campaign on the penultimate matchday as a late substitute at Southampton. He failed to find the back of the net in any of his other 28 outings across all competitions.

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Roberts also offered Leeds just two assists, both coming in February. And is now determined to offer Bielsa a greater attacking threat next season in his second full top-flight campaign.

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“It was nice to get that monkey off my back,” Roberts said. “[It was a] little bit later than I expected, but I finally got there. Next season, I’m looking to kick on and keep getting into those areas.

“I want to get more goals and become an even more important part of the team. I’m excited to see the fans back in the stadium next season, I’ll be working hard to make sure I’m at my best and to show them even more than I have.”

Roberts scored four times and penned one assist in 23 appearances as Leeds won the Championship title in 2019/20. It marked his best return of goals since moving to Elland Road. But fell some why shy of his high of six assists achieved during his maiden term.

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Roberts fulfilling his aspirations of being a greater goal threat for Leeds could make Bielsa a happy man next season. The Whites boss was pleased to see the 14-cap forward end his drought against Southampton and will want more.

“I was happy he scored because he had played many games and he hadn’t managed to do it,” Bielsa said, via Leeds Live, after the St Mary’s win.

Roberts will have to improve his accuracy in front of the goal to be a greater attacking threat, though. Too often he failed to find the target with his shots last season, while his creativity often lagged behind others.

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