Ben Parker has given a glowing verdict on the recent form of Leeds United attacker Tyler Roberts, who is enjoying a run in the starting XI right now.
The 22-year-old Wales international was drafted into the Whites starting line up back in February, and hasn’t looked back since.
It’s been a difficult campaign where his minutes have been limited, and it must be pointed out that he’s not scored in any of his 22 senior appearances this season.
But the attacking midfielder has been influential in recent weeks.
The Welsh playmaker has started each match during the club’s current five-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, and he brings a real energy and enthusiasm when on the pitch.
Roberts isn’t quite getting the slice of luck he needs in the final third to get himself on the scoresheet, but he’s creating chances, and most importantly impressing his manager Marcelo Bielsa.
Parker has explained that he’s now in a position where the Argentine boss really trusts him.
“I think he’s really grown into the role. He just needs to add that goal now to his game. Hopefully it’s going to be like London buses, and he’ll go on a little run,” Parker told the LS11 podcast.
“His general player is really good at the moment. Let’s not forget when Rodrigo was fit he was keeping Rodrigo out of the team due to how he was playing. He just needs that goal. Ultimately, your number 10s, number nines, your forward players get judged on goal and assists.
“He’s looking dangerous. He’s looking sharp. Bielsa trusts him, and if Bielsa trusts him that’s good enough for me.”
If Roberts is going to be a long-term option at Leeds as someone who makes offensive runs to support central striker Bamford, then he’s got to start becoming more clinical.
Fortunately, he’s still contributing with his overall play when he’s on the pitch, and surely he’s booked his spot in this summer’s European Championships with Wales.
He’s someone aged 22 that is still very inexperienced and learning the game, so it’s going to be interesting to see how he matures during the next few years at Elland Road.