By Craig Scott

7th Mar, 2022 | 9:10am

Tyler Roberts in precarious position at Leeds United after toiling display v Leicester - Graham Smyth

Tyler Roberts is in an “unenviable position” at Leeds United after Jesse Marsch’s team selection at Leicester suggested his pecking order, according to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth.

Roberts, 23, has been targetted for criticism for most of the season but could hardly be blamed for a turgid time on the pitch on Saturday in the 1-0 loss at Leicester as he struggled with an injury.

However, Roberts was thrown into the game after youngster Joe Gelhardt and Smyth feels the Wales international’s position at Elland Road is a precarious one.

“Chosen after Joe Gelhardt, but before Patrick Bamford, and then picked up an injury almost instantly,” said Smyth of Roberts on the Yorkshire Evening Post website.

“It was painful watching him hobble around the pitch, helpless to contribute. Has taken a lot of flak this season, much of it over the top but some of it warranted, yet on this occasion he was entirely blameless.

“It’s clear that Gelhardt is threatening Roberts’ place, though, and Bamford when fit will be the go-to striker leaving the Welsh international in an unenviable position if he himself is healthy and available.”

Borrowed time

If there’s one player in that senior squad who you could see leaving Leeds United in the summer, it’s probably Roberts.

Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips have had all the speculation swirling around their futures at Elland Road but that’s something that goes without saying.

But Roberts is 23-years-old, he’s a Wales international, he’s been at Elland Road for over four years now and he’s still not established himself in the side.

If we’re being harsh, you can probably count on one hand how many good performances Roberts has had in the Premier League for Leeds.

And we cannot really recall too many in the Championship when Marcelo Bielsa was in charge.

It’s not been an easy spell in West Yorkshire for the ex-West Brom attacker, who had to deal with injuries as soon as he arrived, continual spots on the bench, being played out of position and then struggling to adapt to the Premier League.

Bielsa liked Roberts, perhaps just because he knew his system and was just a body in his squad.

But if Marsch decides that one player needs to go in the summer then Roberts may be at the top of the list.

And in all honesty, that’s a good thing for him.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch was irritated by one Leeds senior player in the loss at Leicester.