'Buzzing' Tyler Roberts hails similarities between Leeds United and Wales as forward eyes Euros knockouts

LEEDS United and Wales have put Tyler Roberts on the crest of a wave and the forward sees no reason why his national side cannot make big strides at the Euros.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 12:09 pm
Updated Friday, 11th June 2021, 12:10 pm

Roberts will be the first Whites player in action at the delayed Euro 2020 when Wales take on fellow Group C opponents Switzerland in Saturday's 2pm kick-off in Baku.

Group C is completed by Italy and Turkey who will begin the tournament with Friday night's clash in Rome (kick-off 8pm).

Wales are rated the outsiders of the group but 22-year-old Roberts has drawn comparisons between the current Dragons side and the team who reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

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EXCITING TIMES: For Tyler Roberts, above, with both Leeds United and Wales. Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images.

The Whites forward also says his 'exciting' exploits with Wales and Leeds have gone hand in hand, fresh from United's return to the Premier League and ninth-placed finish for the 2020-21 top-flight campaign.

"We are all just humble people," said Roberts, asked about comparisons between the current Wales side and the class of 2016 on The Beautiful Game Podcast.

"We all enjoy just going there and just being with each other.

"We do a lot of team stuff together, quizzes and all of that so it's always a good vibe to be fair.

"Because of that culture, that just gets taken onto the pitch and it has shown with some of the results we have been getting and the teams that we have been facing.

"These last few years have been crazy because Leeds and Wales have just been exciting, both teams. I definitely feel that."

Assessing his side's prospects of progressing from Group A, Roberts reasoned: "I still think we have got a great chance to be honest.

"It's a group where you are not looking at it like this is going to be a madness because everyone is just cold and everything.

"But I think we definitely look at that group and have got a chance of getting through.

"It's a tournament where many people don't get these chances so if you get a chance to play in it you are just buzzing about it."

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Thank you Laura Collins