by Callum Ellis
WALES striker Tyler Roberts says he is grateful to Ryan Giggs for providing him with an opportunity in the senior team as he looks to put last season’s ankle injury behind him.
The 19-year-old was handed his debut by Giggs during the 4-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland earlier in the Nations League campaign.
Roberts, who joined Leeds United last season, endured a difficult start to life at Elland Road after suffering an ankle shortly after his arrival.
The striker has netted three goals for the Championship outfit this season since departing West Bromwich Albion in January earlier this year.
“To sign for a new club and be injured straight away for a long period was difficult,” said Roberts.
“But I had good people around me and, now that I’m playing again, I’m grateful for the opportunities, and I’m hoping to score more goals.
“I always tried to stay positive and hopeful that, when I did come back, I’d get my chances. That’s what pushed me through it. Everyone was positive around me. I never doubted myself.”
Roberts has been included in Giggs’ squad for the upcoming Nations League clash against Denmark as the Red Dragons look to seal top spot in Group B4.
And he insists victory over Christian Eriksen and co would be a big statement for Giggs’ side.
“A massive game. Everyone’s focused in training and we can’t wait to get started now.
“I think it would send a message out that we are becoming a bigger country and we can compete with the top countries in the world. Showing our ability and showing we can beat teams like Denmark would be massive for us.”
Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale are both named in the squad after missing the trip to the Aviva Stadium, and the youngster says the pair have offered him advice.
“Just to be myself and, on the pitch, to be comfortable with playing with them sort of players. It’s not something where I need to be scared. Just be myself and confident.
“It’s a massive learning curve. You have to kind of remember sometimes they are your team-mates. What you expect from them they expect from you. It’s great to learn from them.”
(Featured image: Lewis Mitchell)