Tyler Roberts should be handed a new Leeds United deal only if he is willing to accept his role as a squad player.
That is according to ex-Leeds ace and lifelong fan Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 22-year-old attacking-midfielder.
Since then, however, the 13-time Wales international has had an extended run in the side, featuring in 14 of Leeds’ last 16 league matches.
But Whelan insists that Roberts must be content to play a supporting role for Marcelo Bielsa’s side unless he can bring his game to a whole new level.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Right now, he still needs to give me what I want from a number 10.
“He is getting on the ball and you see some of his performances have been better. But we need consistency.
“A number 10 has to do everything. They’ve got to be that special player.
“He needs to be able to change the momentum of a game, find that pass against a stubborn defence, come up with goals and special moments.
“There aren’t too many of those that I can remember from him. But, having said that, he’s still young.
“Has he got a part to play? Yes. Will it be in the first XI in my opinion? No. Is it worth taking a risk and handing him a new contract as a squad player? Yes.
“It’s up to him whether he wants to be a squad player at a big club. I think it’d be a losing battle if he’s up against Rodrigo and other players in that position.”
Roberts joined Leeds from West Brom in a £2.5million deal in January 2018.
He has gone on to play 77 times for the Whites, scoring seven goals and laying on nine assists.