Some Leeds United supporters have taken to Twitter to comment on the speculation regarding Derby County’s interest in signed attacker Tyler Roberts this month.
The Rams are on the lookout for a new striker.
Wayne Rooney has done a decent job since taking over as interim manager. However, scoring goals is still a major issue as Derby remain in the Championship’s bottom three.
According to The Times in the summer, Derby were keen on a deal for Roberts.
And now Phil Hay, the Leeds United correspondent for The Athletic, has claimed the Rams are in for Roberts again, presumably on loan. Here are how some Leeds fans responded.
Do not lend Derby any help in trying to keep themselves up…
Let them rot 😂
— Talk About Leeds 🏆 (@talkaboutlufc) January 6, 2021
I’d agree Roberts could be better used elsewhere. Doesn’t help that he has seen his chances drastically reduced. But for crying out loud, not Derby 🤮
— Ginner 💙💛 (@TheRealestGinge) January 6, 2021
Hope we lead derby on until the 11th hour
— Liam Gray (@li4mlufc) January 6, 2021
I like Roberts though I think he gets too much criticism I do rate him a lot. Not sure Derby is the right place for him considering the off field issues
— BARNEY ©️ (@barney___21) January 6, 2021
Derby? Why would we?
— StrachanPen (@crajik) January 6, 2021
Can we not have some kind of transfer embargo on helping Derby? #lufc
— Matthew Knowles (@Only1MKnowles) January 6, 2021
Definitely bail on Derby at the last minute
— Pete (@balmy85) January 6, 2021
Roberts to Huddersfield or Barnsley, not to bloody Derby
— J L (@17LUFC) January 6, 2021
Roberts is versatile. He can play as an attack-minded midfielder or as a centre-forward.
He told the BBC back in September how he sees himself as a future number nine. However, that spot has been largely occupied at Elland Road by Patrick Bamford.
The Wales international has started just two Premier League games for Leeds this season while he has only featured for a combined 64 minutes since early October.
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has other options, and the Argentine may look to bring in one or two more during the January transfer window to preserve the Whites’ top-flight status.
Roberts, 21, needs game-time to improve and a loan to the Championship makes sense.
Derby and Leeds have a long history with the 2018-19 playoff encounter a feisty affair. But rivalry aside, surely a loan move to Pride Park would benefit all parties involved.