Could Tyler Roberts save Leeds from spending £9m on Mbaye Diagne?

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Leeds United at The Den on September 15, 2018 in London, England.

Championship title challengers Leeds United have been reportedly scouting Kasimpasa's prolific Super Lig striker Mbaye Diagne but does Bielsa need him?

Leeds United's Tyler Roberts celebrates scoring his side's second goal

Tyler Roberts was forced to wait for his chance at Leeds United.

The 19-year-old striker moved to Elland Road from West Bromwich Albion in January for a hefty £4 million. But, thanks to injury and the form of those ahead of him, Roberts was forced to wait eight months to make his league debut for the West Yorkshire giants.

Recent injuries to Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford have handed Roberts a chance; one that he has seized with both hands. After a shaky start, the Welsh international has really impressed in his run in the starting XI, scoring two clinical goals against Preston North End and firing home a long-range winner away at Hull City.

 

With Roofe set to return after the international break, and Bamford likely to come back in the New Year after a cruciate ligament injury, Roberts’ stand-out displays surely mean another striker is not a necessity in January.

This, therefore, could be bad news for Mbaye Diagne’s hopes of a move to England in the New Year.

Mbaye Diagne of Kasimpasa AS during the Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig match between Kasimpasa AS and Antalyaspor AS at the Recep Tayyip Erdoganstadion on March 16, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey

As reported by Turkish Football, Leeds have been scouting the Ghana international regularly in recent months and Diagne has even allegedly applied for an EU passport to smooth a potential switch to the Championship.

Diagne has scored eight goals in just eight league starts for Kasimpasa this season and, according to TEAMtalk, his £9 million price-tag would make him Leeds’ most expensive signing since Robbie Fowler in 2001.

But Leeds can avoid spending such a massive fee on Diagne with Roberts proving his worth.

Leeds United's Tyler Roberts celebrates scoring his side's first goal with Kalvin Phillips during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Leeds United at KCOM Stadium on...

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