Tyler Roberts reveals his Leeds United belief as Premier League awaits Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds United will be playing Premier League football next season.

Friday, 24th July 2020, 4:45 pm
Leeds United's Tyler Roberts (R) celebrates with the Championship trophy alongside Kalvin Phillips, Ben White and Illan Meslier. (Tony Johnson)

Tyler Roberts believes Leeds United have already shown that they can compete in the Premier League after the club secured promotion to the top flight.

The Whites brought 16 years of hurt to an end last weekend as they were handed the Championship crown without kicking a ball in anger.

Promotion back to England's elite signalled the culmination of two years of hard work under head coach Marcelo Bielsa in West Yorkshire.

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A little over 12 months on from their play-off heartbreak at the hands of Derby County and it was Leeds who were celebrating in style at Pride Park on Sunday.

Roberts, though, quickly shifted his thoughts to a first season in the Premier League for United since the club's relegation in 2004.

The 21-year-old believes that the squads performance at Arsenal in a narrow 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup has shown the Whites are ready to compete right now.

"There are so many teams and so many good players in the Premier League," Roberts said.

"We'll be working hard and looking forward to showing what we can do.

"I wasn't involved in the game against Arsenal but we've shown that we can compete at the top level already.

"We'll go in there next season with our heads held high and we'll give it our best. I'm sure that we'll do well.

Asked about the impact of United's boss, he added: "From the moment that Marcelo Bielsa came into the club we have all grafted so hard.

"Every day. It's been relentless. Long days. We've been going home knackered and we've been together for so long now.

"Everyone just works for each other. I think it shows when someone is injured and somebody else can step in and do the job perfectly. It's a credit to the staff."

United's promotion last Friday sparked wild scenes up and down the country and across the world from a fan base that is truly global.

"We went to the stadium and I was wondering why we were watching the game," he revealed.

"We didn't think it was going to happen (on Friday).

"We thought we were going to have to go to Derby and have to get a point.

"The Leeds fans obviously caught wind that we were there. It's an indescribable feeling.

"I got back the next day and I was talking to my Mum and I was stuck for words and that's not like me."