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Heckingbottom claims he has tried to sign Leeds new boy Tyler Roberts before

West Bromwich Albion forward Tyler Roberts looks on during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between West Brom and Crystal Palace at Hong Kong Stadium on July 22, 2017 in Hong Kong,...

Leeds United snapped up forward Tyler Roberts last month.

West Bromwich Albion forward Tyler Roberts looks on during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between West Brom and Crystal Palace at Hong Kong Stadium on July 22, 2017 in Hong Kong,...

Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom has told Leeds Live that new signing Tyler Roberts is carrying an injury, preventing him from making his debut.

The Whites have endured a busy few days, as after sacking manager Thomas Christiansen on Sunday evening, they moved quickly to bring in his replacement in the Elland Road dugout.

Leeds swooped to land Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom on Tuesday, handing him an 18-month contract after some impressive work at Oakwell.

Paul Heckingbottom manager of Barnsley looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Barnsley at Bramall Lane on August 19, 2017 in Sheffield, England.

Heckingbottom will be looking to get off to a perfect start against Sheffield United this weekend, but one man who may not be available is striker Tyler Roberts.

Roberts, 19, joined Leeds from West Bromwich Albion last month, penning a four-and-a-half year deal at Elland Road as he approached the final few months of his deal at The Hawthorns.

The Welsh forward has impressed on loan at League One side Walsall, scoring five goals in 17 games this season, but he hasn't been able to make his Leeds debut just yet.

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Barnsley at Ewood Park on April 8, 2017 in Blackburn, England.

Now, new manager Heckingbottom has told Leeds Live that Roberts isn't 100% due to a knock he is carrying, but he could be involved this weekend having taken part in a light training session today.

Heckingbottom added that he has actually tried to sign Roberts for Barnsley before now, meaning he knows all about the striker – but he must be fully fit in order to play.

“He’s still not 100%. We did a light session today and he was involved,” said Heckingbottom. “He could possibly be involved at the weekend. I know about Tyler, I’ve spoken to his agent many times about bringing him in myself. But he needs to be right to play,” he added.

West Bromwich Albion forward Tyler Roberts reacts during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between West Brom and Crystal Palace at Hong Kong Stadium on July 22, 2017 in Hong Kong, Hong...

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