Ben Parker: Roberts will play v Sheffield United
LUTV pundit Ben Parker believes that Marcelo Bielsa won’t be happy with Tyler Roberts after the Leeds United attacker was sent home from his Wales camp in disgrace.
However, he doesn’t think it will impact on him playing for Leeds against Sheffield United on Saturday.
Roberts was one of three Wales players who were sent home from the camp for breaking a curfew in the team hotel.
Talking on the LS11 podcast on Tuesday, Parker said, “Bad Roberts. Bad Roberts. I think he’ll play [on Saturday].
“I think Bielsa will definitely have a word with him and he won’t be happy about that but reading between the lines it was something about not being in their rooms at the cut-off point.
“In the grand scheme of things it’s not a massive issue, it’s not like he’s invited friends into the hotel and had a massive party.
“I think Bielsa will definitely have a word with him but I think he’ll definitely play.”
With Rodrigo and Pablo Hernandez potentially out for Saturday, Roberts is needed.
However, we can say with a degree of confidence that this won’t affect Bielsa’s thinking.
He’s a man of morals and integrity and if he decides that Roberts should be dropped from the side, that’s what he’ll do.
We’re on the fence. We could easily see him punishing Roberts and making him miss the game on Saturday.
He won’t like the fact that Leeds have been dragged into a Covid-related scandal, no matter how small, and the Leeds player have acted in an exemplary manner so far.
You could look at what Roberts has done and say it’s not enough to be dropped. But, it’s enough for Wales to send him home in the middle of important World Cup qualifiers.
That’s how important they’re taking it. Just how important Bielsa is taking it will become clear in the coming days.
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