Tyler Roberts faces a huge battle to turn his Leeds United career around after another lacklustre performance against Aston Villa on Saturday.

The 22-year-old was once again used in an advanced midfield role and expected to add some impetus in the middle of the park but he was either anonymous or wasteful in possession.

With Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo still missing through injury, it was another opportunity for the Welsh international to prove he has a future at Elland Road, but once again he let Marcelo Bielsa down.

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According to Wyscout Roberts was successful with less than half [44%] of his actions against Villa, his lowest figure as a starter in the Premier League since October 3 [v Manchester City].

He lost 71% [12/17] of his duels which includes a 0% defensive duel success [0/4].

A season-high figure of three fouls showed his frustration at how proceedings were panning out at Elland Road, and no Whites player made more [level with Mateusz Klich] as he collected a yellow card for his troubles.

Going forwards Roberts was not much better, failing to complete a dribble and losing 80% of his offensive duels.

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A 63% pass completion was indicative of his inability to find teammates and he only made two forward passes.

Roberts also lost the ball 13 times, his worst total of the season, including four times in Leeds’ own half.

Only Raphinha lost the ball more times [15] and as you would expect he was much more progressive in his actions and attempts to create an opening as he made five forward passes.

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This season is all about consolidation for Leeds and in a comfortable mid-table position we can afford to offer fringe players the chance to prove themselves.

But next season will be different and if we want to aim high we will have to be ruthless with some players.

At 22 there is still time for Roberts to prove himself at the top level and show he can be an asset under Bielsa.

But time is ticking and he might very well be set for a loan move back to the Championship for the next campaign if he does not begin to buck up his ideas.

In other Leeds United news, Gabby Agbonlahor tips the Whites for a big summer in the transfer market after Villa loss.


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