Tyler Roberts

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Tyler Roberts
Personal information
Full name Tyler D'Whyte Roberts[1]
Date of birth (1999-01-12) 12 January 1999 (age 20)
Place of birth Gloucester, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker, winger, attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Number 11
Youth career
2006–2016 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2018 West Bromwich Albion 1 (0)
2016–2017Oxford United (loan) 14 (0)
2017Shrewsbury Town (loan) 13 (4)
2017–2018Walsall (loan) 17 (5)
2018– Leeds United 33 (3)
National team
2015–2016 Wales U17 10 (3)
2015– Wales U19 2 (0)
2017– Wales U20 2 (0)
2017– Wales U21 5 (1)
2018– Wales 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:32, 24 October 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:21, 13 October 2019 (UTC)

Tyler D'Whyte Roberts (born 12 January 1999) is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Leeds United and the Wales national football team.

He is an academy graduate of West Bromwich Albion and made his professional debut for the club in May 2016. Loan spells in League One with Oxford United, Shrewsbury Town and Walsall followed before he joined Leeds in January 2018. He also made his senior Wales debut in 2018, having previously represented the nation at various youth levels.

A versatile forward, he can play as a striker, winger or as an attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Early career[edit]

Having spotted him playing for junior side Tredworth Tigers at a Gloucester Festival, West Brom decided to sign Roberts for their academy when he was just seven years old.[2] Having then gone on to represent the club at age group level, Roberts was named on West Brom's bench for the first time on the final day of the 2014–15 season against Arsenal. However, he did not make it on to the pitch.[3] Following Roberts' inclusion in the squad, he was listed by Match of the Day magazine as one of the 20 young players to look out for in 2016.[4]

On 14 January 2016, just two days after his birthday, Roberts signed his first professional contract with West Brom, putting pen to paper on a ​2 12-year contract.[5] He made his Premier League debut for the club on the final day of the 2015–16 season in a 1–1 draw with Liverpool, coming on as a second-half substitute for fellow Albion academy graduate Jonathan Leko.[6] Shortly after coming on, Roberts was booked for a rash challenge on Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.[7] Upon making his debut, Roberts became only the second player born in 1999 to play in the Premier League, following on from teammate Leko who had done so the month before.

2016–17 season: Loans to Oxford United and Shrewsbury Town[edit]

On 28 July 2016, Roberts joined League One side Oxford United on a six-month loan deal until January 2017.[8] He made his debut for the club on the opening day of the 2016–17 season, coming off the bench for Chris Maguire in a 1–1 draw with Chesterfield.[9] His League Cup debut came the following week when he entered the field of play as an extra-time substitute in Oxford's 1–0 win over Birmingham.[10] He then scored his first goal for the club, and the first professional goal of his career, in a 4–2 victory over League Two club Exeter City in the 2016–17 EFL Trophy on 30 August.[11] On 5 November, Roberts made his FA Cup debut and scored in a 5–0 win over Merstham of the Isthmian League.[12] A month later, on 6 December, he scored the winning penalty in a shootout against Southend United, after a 1–1 draw in the second round of the EFL Trophy.[13]

Later that month, Oxford manager Michael Appleton lodged a request to West Brom to extend Roberts' loan until the end of the season.[14] However, on 17 January 2017, Roberts joined fellow League One side Shrewsbury Town on loan until the end of the season.[15] He made his debut for the club four days later, starting in a 1–0 league win over Oldham Athletic.[16] Roberts scored his first goal for the club, and his first in league football, on 4 February when he netted the opener in a 2–1 win over Bury.[17] On 4 April, Roberts suffered a hamstring injury in a 2–1 defeat to Millwall that saw his stint at Shrewsbury come to an end.[18] He ended the campaign with four goals and two assists for the club as they narrowly avoided relegation.[19]

2017–18 season: Loan to Walsall[edit]

On 25 August 2017, Roberts left West Brom on loan once again, joining League One side Walsall for the season.[20] The following day, he scored one goal and assisted another on debut against Bradford City, helping Walsall come from 3–0 down to earn a 3–3 draw.[21] He went on to score five goals in 17 appearances before being recalled by West Brom at the half-way mark of the season.[22] Upon completing his loan spell at Walsall, Roberts was linked with a Bosman move to Serie A side AC Milan who had been scouting the player.[23]

Leeds United[edit]

Roberts' return to West Brom was short-lived, however, as the arrival of Daniel Sturridge on loan from Liverpool limited his first team chances further. As a result, on the final day of the January transfer market, he signed for Championship side, Leeds United on a four-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee believed to be around an initial £2.5 million potentially rising to £4 million depending on clauses.[24][25][26]

Having recovered from a minor knock which he arrived at the club with, Roberts looked set to make his debut in the middle of February. However, on 14 February, new club manager Paul Heckingbottom revealed that he had cracked his shin bone upon his return in training and would be ruled out for several weeks.[27][28] He ultimately missed the remainder of the season through the injury.[29]

After spending several months on the sidelines, Roberts made his unofficial debut as a second-half substitute during a pre-season friendly against Southend United.[30] His full debut followed on 14 August when started for Leeds in an EFL Cup fixture against Bolton Wanderers.[31] The following month, he made his league debut in a 1–1 draw with Millwall and scored his first goals for the club three days later, scoring a brace in a 3–0 victory over Preston North End.[32][33] On 1 March he assisted Patrick Bamford twice in a 4–0 victory over former club West Bromwich Albion, with Roberts receiving the man of the match award playing in an attacking midfielder position.[34]

He was one of three players nominated for the clubs end of season awards for Young Player Of The Season alongside Jamie Shackleton and Jack Clarke (footballer, born 2000), but lost out on the award on 28 April, with Clarke winning the award for Young Player Of The Season at the clubs annual ceremony.[35]

Roberts played 32 games scoring 3 goals in all competitions, after Leeds finished the regular season in third place after dropping out of the automatic promotion places with 3 games left after a defeat to 10 man Wigan Athletic on 19 April,[36] Leeds qualified for the playoffs, however Roberts missed the final games of the season due to injury,[37] including missing the semi-final playoffs matches versus sixth-placed Derby County, as Leeds were beaten on 3–4 aggregate over the two legs. Despite taking a 1–0 win at Pride Park, to bring into a 1-0 aggregate lead into the home leg at Elland Road, Leeds lost 2–4 in an encounter that saw both teams reduced to 10 men and Derby progress to the final against Aston Villa.[38]

Roberts ended up missing all the 2019/20 pre-season games and the start of the new season after undergoing knee surgery during May 2019.[39]

International career[edit]

Welsh national youth teams[edit]

Though he represented England, his country of birth, at schoolboy level, Roberts later elected to play for Wales instead, qualifying for selection as two of his grandparents are Welsh.[40]

In 2015, he captained the Wales U16 side to glory in the Victory Shield, scoring in the final against Northern Ireland.[2] The result was Wales' first outright triumph in the competition since the 1948/49 edition.[41][42] Having trained with the senior side in between, he returned to the U16 side in November the following year and was part of the squad which retained the Victory Shield title.[43]

In May 2017, following the conclusion of the League One season, he was included in Robert Page's squad for the 2017 Toulon Tournament.[44] After making his debut for the side in the tournament opener against Ivory Coast, Roberts made one further appearance, against France, as Wales were eliminated in the group stage.[45][46] On 1 September, he made his debut for the under-21 side and scored the opening goal in a 3–0 victory over Switzerland.[47][48]

Senior Wales national team[edit]

In May 2015, Roberts, along with Liverpool winger Harry Wilson, was called up by Wales manager Chris Coleman to train with the senior squad.[3][40] In June the following year, while not included in the tournament squad, he was once again invited to train with the senior national side, this time alongside 15-year-old Ethan Ampadu of Exeter City in the buildup to Euro 2016.[49] In March 2017 he was named as a stand-by player for Wales' World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland.[50]

He received his first full call-up in August 2018 when he was named in Ryan Giggs' squad for the nation's UEFA Nations League matches against the Republic of Ireland and Denmark.[51] His debut followed against the former on 6 September, coming on as a second-half substitute for Gareth Bale in a 4–1 victory.[52] The following month, on 16 October 2018, Roberts was handed his first Wales start as the Republic of Ireland were again beaten 0–1 in Dublin.[53]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 1 April 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other1 Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Bromwich Albion 2015–16[54] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Oxford United (loan) 2016–17[55] League One 14 0 3 1 2 0 3 1 22 2
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2016–17[55] League One 13 4 13 4
Walsall (loan) 2017–18[56] League One 17 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 19 5
Leeds United 2018-19[57] Championship 28 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 31 3
Career total 64 12 5 1 4 0 4 1 77 14

1 Includes EFL Trophy matches.


As of match played 24 March 2019[58]
National team Year Apps Goals
2018 4 0
2019 2 0
Total 6 0


Wales U16


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