Robbie Savage slams Diego Llorente in staunch defence of Tyler Roberts after Leeds United loss
Robbie Savage was accused of bias after he refused to criticise Tyler Roberts for his performance as Leeds United lost 1-0 to Newcastle on Sunday.
Leeds lost after Jonjo Shelvey’s free-kick punished what was yet another limp display of finishing by the Whites.
Diego Llorente fouled Javier Manquillo for the away side to get that free-kick at Elland Road and Savage constantly pointed that out as he refused to listen to any criticism of fellow Welshman Roberts.
Speaking in a video clip on BBC 5 Live Sport’s Twitter account on Saturday night, Savage said: “If I was Tyler Roberts, I’d be saying to him to defend better because when Manquillo went past him, he pulled him down, he was just on the edge of the box.”
Mitchell, the Leeds fan, then moaned about Roberts’ performance, dubbing the forward as “useless” for conceding possession in the attack.
Savage then said: “Wait there, did that lead to the goal?”
Mitchell then accused ex-Wales international Savage of defending Roberts because he plays for the Welsh national team, leading Chris Sutton to agree by saying: “I think there is an element of that.”
Savage continued: “No I’m not. To be fair, so Llorente brought down Manquillo and that was the goal.”
It’s fair to say that we have not seen the same Llorente this season as we saw in the second half of last season.
The 28-year-old Spain international has, yet again, had his injury issues this term and also missed the win at West Ham last week due to injury.
He’s played just three times since we were beaten 7-0 by Manchester City, which suggests that the centre-back is rusty and need time to get back to his best.
But that’s not really an excuse for someone as experienced as him and as someone who we saw last season can be so good and so vital for the Whites’ defence.
As for Roberts, he’s a Championship player.
Even that is a bit kind because he wasn’t exactly key to our title-winning team in the second-tier.
Leeds have a number of players in this squad who could be improved upon in a transfer window and we hope that this happens in the summer.
We can really start to push on if that’s the case but Bielsa is showing a lot of loyalty to players who were here before he was appointed as manager.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are set to hold last-ditch talks to secure a major January signing.