By Craig Scott

24th Sep, 2021 | 6:40am

Tyler Roberts likely to start as striker in Leeds United clash v West Ham

Tyler Roberts is likely to start up front for Leeds United when they play West Ham at Elland Road on Saturday, according to Graham Smyth.

The Yorkshire Evening Post journalist wrote via his personal Twitter account on Thursday, after Marcelo Bielsa’s press conference, that the Welsh international, 22, is likely to stand in for the injured Patrick Bamford.

Rodrigo is also a contender to play in the striker role versus David Moyes’ West Ham but Smyth is backing Marcelo Bielsa to play the Spain international in the No 10 spot.

Give Rodrigo a chance

We’re gagging to see Rodrigo get a chance to play in his natural striker position for Leeds.

Since joining from Valencia last year, the Spanish ace has had to make do with playing in Bielsa’s midfield.

While he did play in that role on the occasion for Valencia prior to his move to Elland Road, he’s struggled to perform consistently well in the middle for Bielsa.

Now Bamford is out, Rodrigo really should get the chance to start up front.

However, if Luke Ayling isn’t fit to play against West Ham then Stuart Dallas may be moved to right-back or even the defensive midfield spot if Kalvin Phillips had to play in defence.

It’s a mess of a situation but at least we have versatile players.

It just would be nice to see Rodrigo finally get a shot at playing as a centre-forward, especially after he played so well in the 1-1 draw at Newcastle last week.

As for Roberts, he must be skating on thin ice.

He’s not started a Premier League game this season and earlier this month, The Athletic’s Phil Hay suggested the Wales international could be on the chopping block next at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, Watford are signing this player after he quit Elland Road.