Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson has shared his concerns about Tyler Roberts’ future at the club despite Marcelo Bielsa’s recent comments.
The Lowdown: Failure to impress
Roberts has been at the club since moving from West Bromwich Albion in 2018 and but has failed to stamp his mark, making 91 appearances, scoring only eight goals.
This season, the Wales international has come off the bench in all seven of Leeds’ Premier League games, failing to score in all of them.
Following the win over Watford prior to the international break, Marcelo Bielsa told reporters that Roberts had taken a ‘step forward‘, but Robinson has expressed his concerns about his future.
The Latest: Robinson concerns
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, the former England goalkeeper has claimed Roberts will struggle due to his tendency to slot into several roles, never really making one his own.
“I think he’s got a lot to improve.
“It’s difficult when you’re playing a bit-part [role]. I think, with the players that they’ve got, it’s going to be hard for him to hold down a place in that team. But the manager seems to like him.
“There was a lot of talk of him leaving [in the summer] but he didn’t, so the manager obviously wants him as part of his squad. The manager clearly likes him but for me he’s got a lot more to do and it’s going to be very, very difficult to get into that team and even harder to stay in that team because there’s players in that squad who are better in that position.
“It’s hard for him because he hasn’t really got a position, he’s useful coming off the bench because he can play in midfield, wide or up front on his own. He’s definitely a squad player rather than a recognised starter.”
Is Roberts good enough for Leeds?
The Verdict: Time to move on
Roberts’ career hasn’t really kicked off yet, despite being a regular face in the Wales national team. He is yet to score ten or more goals for a club throughout his career, scoring only 29 goals in 187 appearances overall.
His cameos for Leeds have been mediocre, with his importance for the team coming in other parts of his game rather than in front of goal.
Whilst Bielsa has claimed he has taken a step forward, Roberts will be wanting to become a first-team member at Elland Road or soon, or the time may come to try and find a move elsewhere.
In other news, Leeds have agreed terms with their first signing of 2022. Find out more here.
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