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Tyler Roberts does not have a long-term future at Elland Road even if Leeds United do not allow him to leave in the January transfer window.

That is the view of former Whites striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Welshman’s future after his underwhelming start to life in the Premier League.

This site revealed earlier this month a host of Championship clubs are interested in taking the 21-year-old on loan.

However, the Athletic report the Yorkshire giants have no plans to allow Roberts to leave this month despite widespread interest.

“I don’t think he’s got a long-term future at the club because I don’t think he’s shown enough in this Premier League campaign that he can actually do it at this level,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“There’s been too many injuries over his career when he came to Leeds. He could be a decent player but I don’t think it’s going to be for us. 

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“What he needs to do is have a long-term run in a team where he can find his confidence, find his ability and get his match fitness back and show what he can do.

“There are glimpses there of a good player, but that’s all it is – glimpses. We need more consistency from a player, someone who is not going to be injured more than he’s playing.

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“From what I’ve seen so far in the Premier League, it might just a bit too much for him right now.

“But we can’t get rid of him because we don’t have the options. If we can’t get players in the window now who are better than Tyler Roberts until the end of the season then we are stuck with what we have because we can’t afford to let anybody go because our squad depth is not big enough.”

In other news, a top pundit has claimed a Leeds United star will be axed v Newcastle after early team news.