Journalist Graham Smyth has tipped Tyler Roberts to start in place of Patrick Bamford in Leeds United’s Premier League clash with West Ham.
The Lowdown: Leeds host West Ham
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are back in league action this weekend, having got past Fulham on penalties in the Carabao Cup third round in midweek.
Leeds welcome a dangerous West Ham side to Elland Road on Saturday afternoon, looking to record their first win of the season in the competition.
They will have to make do without the injured Patrick Bamford in attack, however, giving Bielsa a selection headache going into the game.
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The Verdict: Fans won’t be happy
Playing Roberts in attack would be a risky call by Bielsa, with the Welshman not necessarily the most popular figure at Leeds, having only scored once in 27 league appearances last season.
Indeed, fans have criticised the forward’s play on several occasions, even as recently as this week against Fulham, so you’d think the feeling at Elland Road won’t be overly confident if the Wales international is handed the number nine role.
Playing Rodrigo as a centre forward instead, with Raphinha in a number ten role and Dan James and Jack Harrison out wide, could arguably be more a potent attacking unit, even if the Brazilian isn’t known for playing centrally.
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