Leeds United had a number of senior players featuring for their under-23s on Monday afternoon against Stoke City.
The young Whites picked up yet another three points, deservedly extending their lead at the top of the Premier League 2
Mark Jackson named Diego Llorente, Kalvin Phillips, Tyler Roberts and Helder Costa in his side all getting valuable minutes with the Southampton game postponed in the Premier League this week.
Roberts has been thrown back into the action after a whirlwind couple of weeks.
Marcelo Bielsa claimed the Welsh international was “unavailable” after missing games against Spurs and Crawley.
That led to strong speculation on his future, with numerous Championship sides reportedly interested in a loan move during the January window.
Bielsa welcomed him back against Brighton and will have been impressed with his shining cameo after replacing Rodrigo in the 1-0 defeat.
The 22-year-old continued that form with the under-23s, looking to get on the ball and cause Stoke constant problems with his trickery, the only thing missing was a goal in his 45 minutes.
Many Leeds fans have reacted to the performance of Roberts on Monday, and they were delighted with what they were watching.
One even claimed that the young Welshman looked like “Prime Zidane” in the final third, with the only thing missing his final product at Thorp Arch.
MOT Leeds News have picked out some of the best reactions below…
Observations from U23s 1st half. Llorente should walk straight into the starting 11, Davis is a better all round LB than Alioski. Roberts is playing with the energy, desire and movement so badly lacking from our 9 on Saturday. Poveda continues to frustrate, so much ability. #lufc
— MikeW (@mikewhorley) January 18, 2021
Did Roberts have covid or was he bitten by a radioactive spider? Looks unreal here. #lufc
— Chris Randell (@CJ_Randell) January 18, 2021
I take back anything bad I’ve ever said about Tyler Roberts, lads got serious talent. @official_tyro
— Kye Green (@Kye_lufc) January 18, 2021
Tyler Roberts playing like a prime Zidane, blimey!
— We all love Leeds (@LondonLUFC) January 18, 2021
Roberts looks so good but just that final ball
— LUFC FC🇮🇨 (@lufc_fc) January 18, 2021
Obviously need to be mindful of the level but Roberts has looked confident and hungry. Good signs after his encouraging display at the weekend #lufc
— Kris Hilliam (@FootyAnalyKris) January 18, 2021
Only thing stopping Roberts being a really good player for us is a consistent end product. A loan spell to the Championship where he’s playing regularly could do wonders. He’s only 21 and definitely no where near as bad as people make out on here. #lufc
— LUFCDANNY (@THELUFCLAD) January 18, 2021
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