Tyler Roberts suggests he can replace Samuel Saiz in Leeds team

Tyler Roberts of Leeds United gets a shot away under pressure from Ezri Konsa of Brentford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brentford at Elland Road on...

Samuel Saiz is joining Getafe on loan from Leeds United in the January transfer window.

Leeds United's Samuel Saiz goes down under a challenge from Hull City's Tommy Elphick during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Leeds United at KCOM Stadium on October 2,...

Leeds United striker Tyler Roberts has told The Yorkshire Evening Post that he can replace Samuel Saiz in the team.

Saiz has left Leeds for Getafe on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent deal next summer.

The Spanish attacking midfielder was an important player for the Whites, and it remains to be seen if head coach Marcelo Bielsa signs a replacement in the January transfer window.

 

Roberts, who can operate as a striker or as a winger, has said that he is ready to step up and play in Saiz’s position.

“I’d definitely say I can play in the no 10 role and do a nice job there,” Roberts told The Yorkshire Evening Post.

“I do like coming into pockets and linking up and getting on the ball so it might be something to look at but not for me to say.

“I do prefer more central but I can play anywhere - wherever he is going to put me.”

Tyler Roberts of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United at The Hawthorns on November 10, 2018 in West Bromwich, England.

Risky move?

Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford are ahead of Roberts in the pecking order at Elland Road at the moment, and the 19-year-old will have to be patient regarding playing regularly for Leeds as a striker.

It will be a risk for Leeds to deploy the youngster in Saiz’s position, although it would not hurt to experiment in the coming weeks.

If Roberts is able to play that role in the next two or three games, then it would not make much sense for Leeds to splash the cash on a replacement for Saiz.

Tyler Roberts of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United at The Hawthorns on November 10, 2018 in West Bromwich, England.

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