Gabby Agbonlahor has criticised Tyler Roberts for failing to make an impact off of the bench for Leeds United in the Premier League on Friday night.
The Lowdown: Leeds draw
Marcelo Bielsa had to settle for a point away to Newcastle United after Allan Saint-Maximin equalised late on in the first half following an early strike from Raphinha.
Should Leeds start Roberts?
Roberts came on as a substitute for Dan James just after the hour mark, but struggled to kick on in the game.
The Latest: Agbonlahor on Roberts
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England international striker, who now contributes as a pundit for Sky Sports, blasted Roberts after being asked about his performance. Agbonlahor raged:
“For me, he is not good enough for Leeds or Premier League level.
“He has some decent touches and gets in good positions, but his passing and decision-making keeps letting him down.
“It must be frustrating to watch for Leeds fans as moves keep breaking down when Roberts is on the ball. It’s shocking how often that happens.
“I don’t see him as the answer for Leeds, even though Marcelo Bielsa has a lot of faith in him.
“Leeds are crying out for a number 10, a James Maddison, a Jack Grealish, an Emi Buendia, and they haven’t got one.”
The Verdict: Must do better
If Roberts has any hopes of getting into the starting XI regularly, then he must do a lot better coming on from the bench.
The Wales international lost out on two of his duels and failed to record a single shot on goal last night, only having 21 touches of the ball in total in almost 30 minutes of game-time (Sofascore).
He also lost possession of the ball on nine different occasions in the match, squandering the ball roughly once every 2.3 touches on average.
Agbonlahor’s criticism of a forward with only eight goals in 88 Leeds appearances is justified, and Roberts must now work hard in training to show Bielsa what he can give to the team.
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