Defender opens up on future as Leeds United links persist

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Leeds United-linked defender Hayden Roberts’ future is up in the air at Brighton and Hove Albion, and he has opened up on speculation.

The Whites have done very well to invest in the youth side since clinching promotion from the Championship in 2020.

It has seen Mark Jackson take the side into the PL2 Division 1 as new arrivals have elevated the standard across the board.

Olly Casey’s departure in the early stages of the summer allowed Leeds the chance to bring in a new defender to replace him, joining up with Charlie Cresswell at the heart of defence.

Celtic defender Leo Hjelde looks like the man who has filled that void, but there are others Leeds have had their eye on and could still do.

The Athletic reported at the start of last season that Leeds were interested in promising Brighton centre-back Haydon Roberts.

As he continues to fight for a first-team chance at the AMEX, there is scope for him to move away after he made his senior debut two years ago.

Speaking to Sussex Live on the matter, he had this to say:

“I try not to think about that game too much because it was just one 90 minutes of my career so far.

“It was a great experience to come up against that level of opposition and to play in front of our fans for the first time at the Amex, but I want to be looking back when I’ve played 100 or 200 games in the first team.

I think it might be a move that has passed the club and player by at this rate.

We’re seeing great potential from our current pairing of Cresswell and Hjelde, and behind them there are others knocking on the under-23s door such as Kris Moore and Nohan Kenneh.

However, if he’s available for a cut-price further down the line then I wouldn’t be surprised to see us have a look.

Brighton have done well in developing defenders and it’s something that Roberts should be taking into account, but he doesn’t look any closer to first-team football in the Premier League.