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 19)
Place of birth Gloucester, England
Playing position Striker / Winger
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Number 27
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 0 (0)
National team
2015–2016 Wales U17 10 (3)
2015– Wales U19 2 (0)
2017– Wales U20 2 (0)
2017– Wales U21 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:07, 24 January 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:59, 14 November 2017 (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 under-21 football team.

He is an academy graduate of West Brom and made his senior 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.

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 wonder-kids to look out for in 2016.[4]

On 14 January 2016, just two days after his 17th 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[24][25] potentially rising to £4 Million depending on clauses.[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 upon his return in training and would be ruled out for several weeks.[27][28] Roberts ultimately missed the remainder of the season.[29]

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 both of his grandparents are Welsh.[30]

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.[31][32] 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.[33]

In May 2017, following the conclusion of the League One season, he was included in Robert Page's squad for the 2017 Toulon Tournament.[34] 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.[35][36] On 1 September, he made his debut for the under-21 side and scored the opening goal in a 3–0 victory over Switzerland.[37][38]

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][30] 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.[39] In March 2017 he was named as a stand-by player for Wales' World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland.[40]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 20 January 2018
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[41] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Oxford United (loan) 2016–17[42] League One 14 0 3 1 2 0 3 1 22 2
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2016–17[42] League One 13 4 13 4
Walsall (loan) 2017–18[43] League One 17 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 19 5
Leeds United 2017–18[44] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 45 9 4 1 2 0 4 1 55 11

1 Includes EFL Trophy matches.

Honours[edit]

Wales U16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/01/2018 and 31/01/2018" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 8. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Tyler Roberts: West Brom give teenager professional contract". BBC. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Southcombe, Matthew (26 May 2015). "Who is Tyler Roberts? Meet the 16-year-old West Brom sensation who has been called up to train with Wales". Wales Online. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Suart, Paul (7 January 2016). "West Brom's Tyler Roberts: More recognition for Albion's next big prospect". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
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  12. ^ Amofa, Richard (5 November 2016). "Merstham 0 Oxford United 5: Clinical visitors display class on and off the pitch". Telegraph. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  13. ^ Pritchard, David (7 December 2016). "Tyler Roberts holds his nerve as Oxford United make it third time lucky with shoot-out win over Southend". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  14. ^ Pritchard, David (8 December 2016). "Oxford United make request to West Bromwich Albion for Tyler Roberts loan extension". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  15. ^ "Tyler Roberts: Shrewsbury Town sign West Bromwich Albion striker on loan". BBC Sport. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  16. ^ "Shrewsbury Town 1 Oldham 0 - Report and pictures". Shropshire Star. 21 January 2017. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
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  20. ^ "Tyler Roberts: Walsall sign West Bromwich Albion forward on loan". BBC Sport. 25 August 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017. 
  21. ^ "Walsall 3–3 Bradford". BBC Sport. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017. 
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  34. ^ "Toulon Tournament: Wales U20 without Liverpool's Ben Woodburn and Harry Wilson". BBC. 16 May 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
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  37. ^ "Switzerland U21 0–3 Wales U21". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  38. ^ "Switzerland U21 0–3 Wales U21". BBC Sport. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  39. ^ Whitwell, Laurie (1 June 2016). "Gareth Bale joins up with Wales as Chris Coleman's men prepare for Sweden friendly". Daily Mail. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  40. ^ "Tyler Roberts: West Brom forward commits international future to Wales". BBC. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  41. ^ "Games played by Tyler Roberts in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
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