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‘Missing the boys’ – Tyler Roberts opens up on being away from Leeds United teammates

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Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts has discussed how the current lockdown has affected the side along with what the team wants in terms of clinching promotion.

A 4-0 away win over Hull City saw Tyler Roberts announce himself back in the Leeds United attack as he scored a very stylish brace to add the gloss to a completely dominant display at the KCOM Stadium.

Roberts’ injuries have scuppered any chance for him to gain momentum during Marcelo Bielsa’s time at the club, suffering regular stints on the treatment table, but showing glimpses of true quality and potential when given his chance.

A home clash followed against Huddersfield Town, where Roberts didn’t have the same impact but still managed to impress in a commanding 2-0 win for the hosts, shortly before a nationwide lockdown put the brakes on Leeds’ promotion charge.

There is still little indication of how, where, or if the season will be completed to its entirety but the Whites are fully prepared for every eventuality, seeing each player continue their strict training routines at the comfort of their own home.

It’s been exactly a month since the last live football match took place when Leeds beat the Terriers, and it’s been tough for society to get to grips with social distancing and remaining at home.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Tyler Roberts has opened up on how the squad are dealing with lockdown. He stated: “The word you can use to describe it is challenging. The daily life is not the same, it’s crazy, we’re all having to adapt to it, but it is what it is. 

“I’m missing the boys quite a bit, I feel like I haven’t seen them in years, and just miss having the normal banter in the changing rooms. 

“We’ve got a WhatsApp group, so the lads will just ask how each other are, and how it’s going, but we’re good, and everyone is alright.”

Roberts also reflected on how he has kept himself motivated whilst the footballing world remains in the dark over a return to action. The Welsh international added: “The main thing for us is that we are top of the league, we are where we want to be, and we’re just keeping the mindset that we are going to return at some point. 

“When we do return, we all want to be as fit as possible to give ourselves a head start, and an advantage over teams that haven’t. In the end that’s what will benefit us when we’re winning games.”

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