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Roberts confirms his status as the number 10 Leeds have needed with comments

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Roberts confirms his status as the number 10 Leeds have needed with comments

Tyler Roberts has told Marcelo Bielsa that he prefers playing as a number ten and that means that Marcelo Bielsa’s desire to bring one to the club in January has likely eased now.

Tyler Roberts has told Marcelo Bielsa that he feels most comfortable in the number ten role, according to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay.

Speaking ahead of Leeds’ match with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, Roberts apparently told the press that he is most comfortable operating in the centre of the park, where he has flourished for much of the season.

He said: “Of late I’ve started playing as a number 10. I prefer being in the centre of the pitch, definitely, especially with the way the team are playing.”

 

And the YEP reported back in January that Bielsa wanted a number ten all month, which was only exacerbated by the departures of Lewis Baker and Samu Saiz.

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But Roberts, who was brought to the club as a striker, but will struggle for gametime when both Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford are both fit and firing, has shown himself capable of filling the gap.

And the fact that the Wales international views the role as his best position means that Bielsa can now call off the search for a new operator between the lines.

That should still be the case even if the Whites make it to the Premier League because Roberts has shown at club and international level this season that he is a shrewd playmaker, who is only going to get better.

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