Paul Robinson shares Tyler Roberts-Leeds United concerns despite Marcelo Bielsa comments
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Paul Robinson fears for the long term Leeds United future of Tyler Roberts as he suggests he is a long way from becoming a member of the starting XI.
Roberts, 22, has appeared in every single one of Leeds’ nine fixtures this term.
However, he has started only two of them, both in the League Cup.
Marcelo Bielsa told reporters after the club’s win over Watford on Saturday that the Wales international had taken a “step forward” after an influential cameo at Elland Road [Independent].
Regardless, former Leeds goalkeeper Robinson thinks Roberts will struggle to impose himself in this Whites side.
“I think he’s got a lot to improve,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“It’s difficult when you’re playing a bit-part [role]. I think, with the players that they’ve got, it’s going to be hard for him to hold down a place in that team. But the manager seems to like him.
“There was a lot of talk of him leaving [in the summer] but he didn’t, so the manager obviously wants him as part of his squad. The manager clearly likes him but for me he’s got a lot more to do and it’s going to be very, very difficult to get into that team and even harder to stay in that team because there’s players in that squad who are better in that position.
“It’s hard for him because he hasn’t really got a position, he’s useful coming off the bench because he can play in midfield, wide or up front on his own. He’s definitely a squad player rather than a recognised starter.”
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