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With Leeds’ current injury streak, it was perhaps not too surprising that Marcelo Bielsa has returned Tyler Roberts to the first team fold in the last two Premier League games.
Before the clash against Arsenal, in which he entered as a substitute at half-time, Roberts had juice only 315 minutes of top football in total throughout the season.
But with Rodrigo out and no other real options at his disposal, Bielsa gave the Welsh international a chance to impress. But against the Wolves, especially over the weekend, he really disappointed.
Should they drop Tyler Roberts tonight?
He resolved possession 15 times, only one other Leeds player lost it more, and he failed to hit the target with any of his three goal attempts, while contributing only one key pass.
And after watching his lackluster display against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men, former Leeds ace Noel Whelan lashed out at Roberts, saying: “I still doubt that I can do it in the Premier League. He struggled to get into one side of the Championship last year. I’m not sure if he’s a Premier League player. We need more quality if we are to compete for European positions in the years to come.
“He was given an opportunity against the Wolves and I don’t think he took it.”
He additional: “Although he is young, I don’t think he has the required level. His fitness level wasn’t looking great the other day either. He did nothing after 20 minutes. That is the performance of a substitute. We need a player who can play the 90 minutes. You need to show more struggle and desire. I just don’t see that. Is it good enough? In my opinion, it is not. “
The 5ft 11 Roberts was linked With a move away from Elland Road in the January transfer window, and with him approaching the final 12 months of his current contract in the summer, his time with the first team and the club as a whole is surely over.
He just hasn’t shown the Whites that he’s someone capable of playing at this level, and it seems that Bielsa would be better served seeing what players like Sam Greenwood and some of the club’s other promising youth players can do with the same number. of the playing time that Roberts has been granted.
Roberts does not have scored nothing in the Premier League this season, while his usually The record at Elland Road reads as 68 games played and only seven goals scored, not the kind of numbers you’d expect from a forward player.
Keeping him on the squad even for tonight’s game against Southampton would only be holding Leeds back, when instead Bielsa should put him in his rear view mirror.
The Leeds boss simply has to be ruthless and remove him from the starting XI, and even in the long run as well.