Tyler Roberts has taken to Instagram to bid farewell to loan side Queens Park Rangers and in turn, confirms his return to Leeds United after a disappointing season – amid reports that he would stay permanently if QPR stayed up.
Roberts, 24, joined QPR last summer on a loan deal for the 22-23 campaign. But the Wales man managed only 20 games for the second-tier side, missing out on the World Cup in Qatar with his country. In that time, he scored four.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reported recently that if QPR stayed up – which they did, finishing in 20th – that Roberts would join the London side permanently. He has a year remaining on his Leeds deal, after joining for a fee of £4m.
But Roberts has now posted on Instagram, waving goodbye to QPR and thanking the London club’s support during the season – even though it did not go to plan. Even, with Roberts having to return to Leeds to overcome his injury.
Tyler Roberts bids farewell to QPR and confirms Leeds return
It is interesting to see what happens with Roberts this summer. Relegation to the Championship might see Leeds keep Roberts at the club, and give him a chance next season. But the chances are, Roberts needs a new home.
He is out of contract at the end of next season and realistically, he needs to join a side where he is playing more often than he might at Elland Road – even if Leeds do go down. QPR might come back in for Roberts later on.
If Roberts is to keep getting Wales caps, and kickstart his career – Leeds, either in the Premier League or in the Championship, is not the place to be. His focus will be getting fit, and finding a club in the next few months.