Tyler Roberts (born 12 January 1999) is a Welsh 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, aged 17, before spending loan spells in League One with Oxford United and Shrewsbury Town.
West Bromwich Albion
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. 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. 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.
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 1⁄2-year contract. 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. Shortly after coming on, Roberts was booked for a rash challenge on Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson. 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
On 28 July 2016, Roberts joined League One side Oxford United on a six-month loan deal until January 2017. 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. 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. 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. On 5 November, Roberts made his FA Cup debut and scored in a 5–0 win over Merstham of the Isthmian League. 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.
Later that month, Oxford manager Michael Appleton lodged a request to West Brom to extend Roberts' loan until the end of the season. However, on 17 January 2017, Roberts joined fellow League One side Shrewsbury Town on loan until the end of the season. He made his debut for the club four days later, starting in a 1–0 league win over Oldham Athletic. 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. 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. He ended the campaign with four goals and two assists for the club as they narrowly avoided relegation.
2017–18 season: Loan to Walsall
On 25 August 2017, Roberts left West Brom on loan once again, joining League One side Walsall for the season. The following day, he scored one goal and assisted another in his debut against Bradford City, helping Walsall come from 3–0 down to earn a 3–3 draw.
Welsh national youth teams
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.
In 2015, he captained the Wales U16 side to glory in the Victory Shield, scoring in the final against Northern Ireland. The result was Wales' first outright triumph in the competition since the 1948/49 edition. 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.
In May 2017, following the conclusion of the League One season, he was included in Robert Page's squad for the 2017 Toulon Tournament. 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. On 1 September, he made his debut for the under-21 side and scored the opening goal in a 3–0 victory over Switzerland.
Senior Wales national team
In May 2015, Roberts, along with Liverpool winger Harry Wilson, was called up by Wales manager Chris Coleman to train with the senior squad. 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. In March 2017 he was named as a stand-by player for Wales' World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland.
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