Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills believes that Tyler Roberts is not pulling his weight with the Whites and has suggested that the Welshman could leave Elland Road soon.
The Lowdown: Roberts’ lack of playing time
The 22-year-old has suffered a frustrating season so far, struggling to become a key part of Marcelo Bielsa’s plans.
Roberts may have featured in all 13 of their Premier League matches to date, but he has started just one of those, highlighting his current status within the manager’s setup.
It is a big drop-off from last season when 14 league starts came the Welshman’s way, and Mills believes that the forward may feel his future lies away from Leeds.
The Latest: Mills critical of Roberts
“I’ve said for a long time, I look at Roberts as a squad player, not much more than that. If I’m honest I don’t see much more.
“He’s had enough chances and he’s never really performed to an incredibly high standard where you think ‘Wow, he has got to start. He has to play the next game’.
“Leeds have had some good older players but they don’t have many in that mid-20s bracket to come in and fill in when those senior players are out injured or suspended.
“He should be a definite starter, he’s got some experience and been in and around it. If Bamford’s injured, he has to be the next name on the team sheet. At the moment, he’s not for whatever reason.”
The Verdict: Time to move on?
With each passing week, the more it feels as though Roberts is on the periphery of things at Leeds, and it is hard to see how he is going to become a key player under Bielsa. His current Whites deal doesn’t expire until the summer of 2024, so the Whites could still receive a healthy amount for him if a decent offer arrives.
Interestingly, Roberts only signed a contract extension earlier this year, but Bielsa’s sporadic use of him suggests that the Argentine wouldn’t be awfully unhappy to see him leave.
At 22, there is an argument to say that patience is still required with the Welshman, but eight goals and nine assists in 98 Leeds appearances is a poor return for an attacking player. Therefore, it’s little wonder why Mills has questioned his efforts in a white shirt.
In other news, Phil Hay has provided an update on a potential Leeds transfer. Read more here.
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