Tyler Roberts let down Bielsa v Tottenham and should be dropped
Leeds United were superb against Tottenham but Tyler Roberts let the side down once again.
The attacking midfielder has enjoyed a regular run in the side that stretches back 12 matches, but he has not made the most of it.
He showed glimpses of improvement with strong displays against Chelsea and Southampton, but his overall contribution leaves a lot to be desired.
Against Spurs he was a bit of a passenger compared to how the rest of the team performed, and it was no surprise that he was hauled off before the hour mark.
In 24 league games the Wales international has zero goals and two assists, and he showed why on Saturday.
He managed just 70% pass accuracy, one cross, and zero shots, per SofaScore, despite the Whites dominating large periods.
He only recorded 32 touches during his time on the pitch, four less than Illan Meslier’s 36 touches.
Roberts provided no injection of pace nor creativity with just one dribble. His zero key passes show he was non-existent in terms of producing chances for his teammates.
Marcelo Bielsa should feel exasperated with the 22-year-old, as he has placed a lot of trust in him in recent weeks.
The fact Rodrigo came on and scored an important goal means Roberts’ place in the side is now under doubt.
The Spaniard showed attacking ambition despite Leeds holding onto a one-goal lead at the time.
And after spending a while out injured, Rodrigo deserves to get a small run in the team for the last three games.
Roberts had his opportunity to impress but largely wasted it, and there will likely be some Leeds supporters who are keen for the midfielder to go out on loan next season.
After all, if the Whites are to progress we cannot afford to have passengers like Roberts in the team.
He needs to improve quickly, otherwise he risks being replaced by a new signing.
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