Dean Windass has warned Tyler Roberts not to cross Marcelo Bielsa after the Leeds United forward was sent home from Wales duty in the last international break.
Roberts, as well as Hal Robson-Kanu and Rabbi Matondo, were released early from the last Wales squad due to “breaching protocols”.
While it’s unclear what those protocols were, 22-year-old Roberts has managed to keep hold of his spot in the Leeds starting line-up since.
However, ex-Hull striker claims Roberts has a bit of a reputation from what he’s heard and suggests he tries to stay in Bielsa’s good books.
“I’ve heard a little bit about Tyler Roberts being a Jack the Lad. He’s a confident boy and a talented boy, but you can’t get away with anything,” the pundit told This is Futbol.
“It’s about performances and Tyler Roberts has done well, but hasn’t been a higher performer, he’s been in and out. I wouldn’t cross Bielsa.
“He would have known about it when he got to the training ground. Bielsa won’t stand for that. It doesn’t look good on the club.”
All is forgiven?
Based on the fact Roberts has not lost his starting spot at Leeds and has continued to perform well for the side, we assume that Bielsa has completely forgiven the Wales international for his transgression.
However, there’s no doubt Bielsa won’t have forgotten about it and it’s likely Roberts has been served a big warning about his behaviour and how he represents Leeds United wherever he is in the world.
Roberts has been linked with a move away from Leeds in recent months.
The ex-West Brom attacker was linked with a move away from Elland Road in January [Daily Mail] while in February, Athletic journalist Phil Hay reported that the 22-year-old could be in the firing line this summer when it comes to upgrading the squad as the club will “move on from a small section of the Championship old guard“.
Since then, Roberts’ form has improved drastically and he’s really stamped his place in Bielsa’s starting line-up.
Could he still be up for sale in the summer? Does Bielsa not see him as a part of his long-term vision at Elland Road?
Based on recent performances, you’d have to say that Roberts deserves to stay in West Yorkshire but when you look at his entire spell at the club overall, you won’t blame the club for selling him if they do.
In other Leeds United news, an Argentinean journalist has gone on a bizarre rant about Bielsa and Leeds after their win over Man City.