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Done deal – Leeds’ Roberts completes Birmingham City move

Leeds United striker Tyler Roberts has completed a transfer to fellow Championship club Birmingham City.

Roberts’ departure brings to an end a five year spell at Elland Road after his arrival from West Bromwich Albion in the January 2018 transfer window.

The fee Birmingham paid for the Welsh international remains undisclosed, but is believed to be a six-figure sum just shy of £1m. This selling price sees the Whites make an approximate £1.5m loss on the 24-year-old, who was signed for a fee in the region of £2.5m.

Roberts spent last season on loan at Queens Park Rangers but – much like his career at Leeds – was repeatedly affected by injury, to the extent where he had to return to his parent club in West Yorkshire before the Championship season had ended.

He made a total of 20 appearances for the R’s across all competitions, scoring 4 times.

It took Roberts until August to appear for Leeds following his 2018 signing, in an EFL Cup win against Bolton under revered head coach Marcelo Bielsa.

Despite recurrent issues with injury, the Welshman was a favourite of Bielsa’s, making frequent substitute appearances in the Championship for Leeds before their promotion to the Premier League in the 2019/20 season.

Roberts leaves West Yorkshire having made 108 appearances in the Leeds white – 60 of which saw him feature in the starting XI – and with nine goals in all competitions.

The club extended their gratitude to Roberts in a statement, claiming that he will “always be remembered as a champion at Elland Road”.

“We would like to thank Tyler for his efforts during his time at the club and wish him every success for the future, he will always be welcome at Elland Road,” the statement added.

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