Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that Tyler Roberts has not quite been as influential in recent games having been extremely impressive during the early stages of Leeds United’s run-in, in comments reported by Leeds Live.
Roberts has started all six of Leeds’s fixtures since the season’s resumption. He was given the tough task of playing in the role that has often been filled by Pablo Hernandez this term.
The Wales international has not completed 90 minutes in any of Leeds’s last three games. And Bielsa seemed to admit that he has had less of an impact more recently.
“He started very well,” he said, as reported by Leeds Live, when asked about Roberts’s performances. “After, his performances went down a little bit in efficiency, but he’s a player with great offensive resources. We didn’t see yet what he is able to do in the offensive part of the match.”
TBR View: Roberts certainly showing promise
It would arguably be extremely unfair to be too critical of Roberts. He has experienced a mixed start to life at Elland Road.
There have been times when he has struggled with injury. And he has not enjoyed many prolonged runs in the starting lineup. He had made just four league starts before the season’s resumption.
Roberts may not have made the impact that Leeds have needed at times. But his ability to make something happen out of little makes him an incredibly dangerous player to have in the ranks.
So it should come as no surprise if the 21-year-old still manages to produce a moment of magic during the final handful of games this season.