Heckingbottom: I tried to sign this Leeds player when I was at Barnsley
By Richard Parks
Paul Heckingbottom revealed at his Leeds United unveiling on Thursday afternoon that he tried to sign Tyler Roberts when he was at Barnsley.
The newly-appointed United manager explained at his inaugural United press conference, as quoted by BBC Radio Leeds correspondent Adam Pope, that the Tykes were keen to land the striker, 19, on a loan deal.
TEAM NEWS: PH says Tyler Roberts may be fit. Says he’s someone he tried to take him on loan at Barnsley.
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) February 8, 2018
Roberts was signed by Leeds on deadline day last month for what was widely reported to be a fee of an initial £2.5million rising to £4million including performance-related add-ons.
He became the third expensive senior signing for Leeds in January after £4.5million central midfielder Adam Forshaw and £1.5million left-back Laurens De Bock.
There were also a host of acquisitions for the Under-23s, including striker duo Oliver Sarkic and Sam Dalby, defenders Aape Halme and Pascal Struijk, and goalkeeper Kamil Miazek.
Roberts was unavailable for selection for Leeds last weekend but Heckingbottom explained, as reported by Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay, that he did a light training session on Thursday and may be involved in Saturday’s Yorkshire derby against Sheffield United.
Tyler Roberts did a light session of training today. Possible that he’ll be involved at Bramall Lane but not certain. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) February 8, 2018
The Wales Under-21 international spent the first half of this season at League One outfit Walsall, where he scored five goals in 15 matches.
In other Leeds United news, Andrea Radrizzani has hit back at criticism of the club’s transfer policy and hailed two Victor Orta signings who are gems.
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