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Bielsa should continue playing Roberts through the middle

Bielsa should continue playing Roberts through the middle

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa will be pleased with his side’s last result as they managed to get the better of Bolton Wanderers at Elland Road.

The Whites were without Kemar Roofe, who was sidelined with a knee injury and Bielsa opted to go with Tyler Roberts as an attacking midfielder, while Patrick Bamford kept his spot as the lone striker.

And, while some may have had their doubts over Roberts starting as an attacking midfielder, the Welsh international certainly looked lively and threatening with the ball at his feet on Saturday.

Roberts, who has played in just about every attacking position this season, looked at ease in the middle of the pitch and he linked up well with Bamford and Mateusz Klich. His movement was brilliant which made it difficult for the Bolton defenders to track him and close him down, due to his constant re-positioning.

It was Roberts who was brought down in the 15th minute of the match after making a good run into the Bolton box, which resulted in a penalty for the home side, which Bamford calmly slotted away.

Roberts was also good at dropping deep to collect passes from Kalvin Philips and the Leeds defenders, which allowed him to move forward with the ball and make things happen.

So, Marcelo Bielsa may have finally found Samu Saiz’s replacement, with Roberts recently showing that he has what it takes to operate in an attacking midfield role on a permanent basis.

Leeds will travel to Loftus Road to face Queens Park Rangers later on today, with a win taking them to the summit of the Championship table ahead of Norwich City and Sheffield United.

It will be crucial for Bielsa to keep Roberts at the heart of the team’s attack in order to cause QPR problems. Indeed, the 20-year-old has only started twice in Leeds’ previous nine matches and getting a full 90 minutes under his belt at Loftus Road will do his confidence the world of good.

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