Hutton: Roberts will be 'thinking hard' about quitting Leeds for Newcastle after offer tabled

Alan Hutton has suggested a lack of future game time may be behind Tyler Roberts’ contract snub at Leeds United. 

The former Aston Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the forward would be considering his options ahead of the summer.

As revealed by Football Insider, the 22-year-old has snubbed Leeds’ offer of a new contract to thrust his future up in the air.

The versatile attacker will enter the final 12 months of his contract at Elland Road this summer.

It is understood Premier League rivals Newcastle United are keen on signing the £10million-rated Wales international.

Hutton suggested Roberts would be considering whether he is going to feature enough next season and beyond to commit to a new deal.

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Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “The contract is such a big thing. The club have obviously made an offer. Does he see that as the right one for him?

“Is he going to get enough game time? I think a lot of it comes down to that as a player at that age. You want to play football.

“If you’re going to be in and out, or they can’t guarantee you’re going to be a starter next season, it doesn’t surprise me that you’re looking at your options.

“It’s only natural as a football player, you want to play football. You don’t want to sit on the bench and play 12 games a season. You want to play 30-plus games a season.

“If Newcastle can offer him that then it will be something that he’ll be thinking very, very hard about. They’re obviously in the Premier League, It will be a difficult decision for him.

“I think it’ll come down to the games because I’m sure Leeds and Newcastle will offer him a decent contract. It comes down to where you’re going to play the most.” 

Much of Roberts‘ game time has come due to Rodrigo Moreno’s injury problems.

He started 12 consecutive games before being dropped against Burnley.

The Wales star has started a total of 14 times in 26 league appearances this term.

However, he only scored his first Premier League goal in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Southampton.

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