Leeds fans react as Marcelo Bielsa responds when asked about Tyler Roberts future
Marcelo Bielsa has told Thursday’s press conference that he does not want Tyler Roberts to leave in January – and Leeds fans have responded.
Roberts, 22, has been involved in all 12 Premier League games so far, but has only started once. Instead, he has come on as a sub in the 11 others.
The Wales international has been regularly linked with the exit door. On Sunday, he was in likely to start against Tottenham – but was overlooked.
Indeed, Roberts would have fancied his chances – with Rodrigo and Patrick Bamford missing. But Bielsa handed a first league start to Joe Gelhardt.
Given his Sunday snub, Bielsa was asked if he would sanction a loan deal for Roberts. He responded by saying he wants to keep him at Elland Road.
“While he has the fight to win a place in the team, then I still want him to be here,” Bielsa said. “It is different when a player has the desire to leave.
“Then there is no point in keeping him. When you have more players for the same needs, it decreases the need for the players.”
What do Leeds fans think of Bielsa’s comments on Roberts?
While Bielsa wants Roberts to stay, he also says if the striker – signed for £4million (Mail) during Paul Heckingbottom’s reign – can go if he wants to.
Should Roberts want to go? Well, he is probably the club’s fourth-choice striker now – behind Bamford, Gelhardt and Rodrigo up top.
In the 10 role, Rodrigo is also ahead – as is Raphinha and Mateusz Klich. Roberts does really need to consider a move in the January window.
Leeds fans have responded on Twitter to Bielsa’s comments. Many think, for the good of his career, he needs to consider a loan move away.
Others take Bielsa’s side, due to a lack of depth.
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