Danny Mills believes a loan move to Derby County for Tyler Roberts would suit both the Rams and Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds full back claimed there is no point Leeds holding onto the 21-year-old if he is not going to play.
This site revealed last week that Derby were interested in signing the Welsh international as they saw him as a potential replacement for striker Chris Martin.
Roberts operates as an attacking midfielder for Leeds and the imminent arrival of Rodrigo de Paul from Udinese means County believe they can lure him to Pride Park.
Leeds have agreed personal terms with the Argentine playmaker but remain in negotiations over a fee with Udinese, as revealed by Football Insider.
Asked by Football Insider whether Roberts should look to complete a loan move to secure regular football, Mills said: “It (first team football) was limited last season, he didn’t play too many games. One or two injury problems maybe hampered his progress as well.
“You’ve got to balance the books and you’ve got to keep people happy.
“You’ve got to keep people off the wage bill, there’s no point having people around if they don’t believe they’ve got any chance of starting games. It’s frustrating for them and they become unhappy.
“Whether it be a loan or whether it be a permanent deal, you’ve got to trust in Bielsa – he knows what he’s doing.
“A loan deal could be a good option for both. Derby will get a player they want without having to pay out a fortune for him and Leeds get somebody who will play week in, week out, hopefully improve and come back next season.”
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