Roberts has struggled to make an impact since joining Manuel Pellegrini's side in the summer.
With Leeds' play-off hopes looking bleak after Tuesday's defeat to Ipswich, Steve Evans needs to be looking to sign the kind of exciting, impact players that can inspire United to go on the sort of run that may well resurrect their top six aspirations.
Manchester City's Patrick Roberts proved during his time with Leeds' Championship rivals Fulham that he is the kind of talent that could produce moments of quality out of relatively nothing, and he should arguably be on Evans' radar.
Despite the arrival of Mustapha Carayol during this window, and Stuart Dallas in the summer, the Whites are arguably still lacking options on the wing, which Evans will surely be looking to rectify given United's aerial threat when it comes to putting crosses in the box for Chris Wood.
While the winger's end product needs work - and thus, it may be a gamble to pursue a move - his close control and trickery often sucks defenders in, and leaves gaps in behind that could be exploited by the onrushing midfielders.
And his ability to run with the ball would instantly create the buzz that is needed to build the belief and momentum that would allow the side to bring themselves back into the top-half of the table, and perhaps mount a late play-off charge.
Having only made three appearances for the Citizens since his summer move, and having not played for the first-team since October, City may well be keen to see the 18-year-old leave the Etihad Stadium temporarily to ensure that his career does not stagnate.
And with the kind of talent the youngster possesses, Evans would surely be making a mistake if he allowed this window to pass without attempting to bring Roberts to Elland Road.