Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts finally returned to the squad for the Premier League defeat against Brighton on Saturday.

The Welsh international has been missing for weeks, something which has sparked speculation over his future, something which could now disappear.

Roberts came on for 32 minutes at Elland Road, but easily made more of an impact than club-record signing Rodrigo did in the previous hour.

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The 22-year-old won 100% of his offensive duels according to WyScout and managed five touches in the Brighton area – the same number that Rodrigo and Patrick Bamford managed combined.

Roberts was superb and added much-needed urgency going forward and also tracking back for his side against the Seagulls.

Far too often did Rodrigo and Leeds allow a member of Brighton’s defence or midfield cruise through the middle of the park – that changed when Roberts came on.

In this example, Roberts closes down the ball and wins back possession for his side in a crucial area of the final third.

 

The ball then fell to Bamford, and rather than Roberts standing still and admiring his defensive work, he sprung into action and burst into the penalty area.

This is what Leeds were lacking from Rodrigo.

Marcelo Bielsa will have been handed a real headache for the upcoming Premier League clash against Newcastle next week.

With the Southampton game postponed, Rodrigo will have chance to recover after suggestions he was unfit – something Roberts will look to take advantage of.

Roberts did himself no harm against Brighton, and more performances like this off the bench will hand him a great chance of returning to the starting XI.

In other Leeds United news, Gabby Agbonlahor claims key Whites duo need resting 

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