By Craig Scott

8th Mar, 2022 | 6:40pm

Leeds United chief defends Tyler Roberts as fan hits out at injured forward on Twitter

Leeds United communications chief James Mooney has defended Tyler Roberts after he was accused of not going the extra mile.

Roberts, 23, will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a ruptured hamstring tendon, as confirmed by Leeds’ official Twitter account on 7 March.

Leeds’ head of media and communications Mooney, who’s a close ally of director of football Victor Orta, hailed Roberts in light of his injury blow despite the Welsh attacker being so widely criticised by fans this season.

Mooney said: “Sad news but Tyler will come back fighting. Unbelievably good soul, always happy to go the extra mile for the club.”

In response to that tweet, one Leeds fan took it as a chance to criticise Roberts, saying he doesn’t think the ex-West Brom man “has ever gone the extra mile”.

Mooney fired back, simply saying: “I do…”

The Tyler Roberts problem

Every Leeds United fan has an opinion about Roberts.

He’s was an ever-present of Marcelo Bielsa’s reign, signing just a few months before the Argentine was hired and played regularly throughout the year-and-a-half years that followed.

Roberts has 108 appearances in all competitions for Leeds. He’s an attack-minded player who can play up front or as an attack-minded midfielder. But he’s scored just nine goals and assisted just 10 times for the Whites in over 100 games.

Roberts has played a lot as a substitute and that held him back, really.

When we’ve seen the best from Roberts, he’s played in a deeper attacking role and he’s been a starter.

But from the bench, he’s just never really impressed Leeds fans and the predictability of Bielsa’s in-game management grew tired quickly as the form dropped.

Roberts is a scapegoat.

He’s not the buck where are problems stop at. He’s a young lad who looks as though he’s been asked to do something he’s not quite capable of – or not capable of on a regular basis.

Should you be mad at a young player who clearly would shine in the Championship for not playing at the same level as the likes of Raphinha in the Premier League?

Or should you be mad at the manager who’s essentially been throwing him under the bus every week?

Roberts’ injury is a massive shame and so is the abuse that’s been hurled at the 23-year-old, who’s only ever done what he’s been told to do.

In other Leeds United news, a commentator has taken a swipe at Gabriel Agbonlahor after what he said about Marsch.