Tyler Roberts came off the bench for the final 15 minutes as Leeds United put four goals past Burnley at Saturday lunchtime.
The Welshman replaced Mateusz Klich, the scorer of Leeds’ first goal, with 15 minutes remaining and Leeds 2-0 to the good. Fellow substitute Rodrigo then scored two goals in the space of three minutes to turn a comfortable victory into a rout.
Roberts drove forward soon after and opted to go for goal rather than slipping in the Spaniard for a possible hat-trick. His 20-yard effort was easily gathered by Burnley ‘keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
The Welsh international earned a SofaScore rating of 6.7 for his cameo appearance. He touched the ball 10 times, while six of his nine attempted passes were accurate. Before the trip to Turf Moor, the 22-year-old had been on a run of 12 consecutive Premier League starts.
Leeds’ victory in Lancashire kept them 10th in the table. They are within three points of Spurs, Everton and Arsenal ahead of their final two games against Southampton and West Brom.
Despite their splendid afternoon, however, some Whites fans took aim at Roberts over his “horrible” misjudgement in not teeing up Rodrigo for a potential hat-trick goal.
Tyler Roberts under fire after cameo against Burnley
“Tyler Roberts in a nutshell – knew he’d shoot”
“I don’t care what anyone says, Tyler Roberts needs to move clubs after that. Rodrigo was in for a hat trick then, and Roberts didn’t pass when Rodrigo would have been in. Incredibly frustrating player to watch, especially when he could have been so good.”
“Does Tyler Roberts ever score in training?”
“Tyler Roberts, got a guy on a hat trick, could play him clean through yet he goes for a shot from 30 yards straight into keeper’s hands”
“Nobody runs around aimlessly as well as Tyler Roberts”
“Oh dear Tyler Roberts”
“Bielsa surely only starts and brings on Roberts in hopes someone will take him off his hands in the summer, such an uncreative, selfish and lazy player, it’s genuinely so sad to see him play in a Leeds shirt”
“Roberts just denied Rodrigo his hat-trick for a selfish shot on goal. A horrible and selfish decision”
In other news, many Leeds fans were much more complimentary about this defender.
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