Roberts featured for Leeds in their Championship match against Millwall away from home at The Den on Saturday afternoon.
The Wales international striker started the game and played for 68 minutes, as it ended in a 1-1 draw.
The 19-year-old - who has been at Leeds since January 2018 when he moved from West Bromwich Albion for a transfer fee reported by Sky Sports to be worth £2.5 million - struggled to make a huge impact in the match and did not exactly have a great game.
Roberts did have a few chances to score, but the teenage striker did get on the ball and his movement was very encouraging.
Leeds head coach Bielsa praised the Wales international striker after the match, and is quoted as saying by Leeds Live (17:29): “Some people value the strikers when they score a goal. But I prefer to value them taking into account the number of chances they have to score.
“I think he had three or four chances to score. And if he had scored one goal we would be all saying that he had done a wonderful performance. I think he did a correct performance, a good performance.”
Leeds fans have taken to Twitter to give their reaction to head coach Bielsa’s comments about Roberts after the match against Millwall at The Den in the Championship on Saturday afternoon.
Below are some of the best comments:
He’s different to Grot, but us fans need to be patient and support these young players, not destroy their confidence— stujeffery (@Stuart_Jeffery) September 15, 2018
he’s a young lad with a lot of promise. Not really started yet due to injuries.— Richard Sprakes (@rmsprakes) September 15, 2018
Can’t expect sharpness in front of goal if the kid hasn’t been playing. I hope he realizes his potential.— stujeffery (@Stuart_Jeffery) September 15, 2018
Bielsa believes. Also, great to see how he’s handling the kids. They will be ready at the right time...— Richard Sprakes (@rmsprakes) September 15, 2018
He’ll come good. He was out so long after injury. It takes time— Stu.B (@bremner4ever) September 15, 2018
Good managers protect their players.Bielsa is absolutely right to highlight the positive. If missed chances occured for months like Ekuban then fair enough but to slaughter someone on their first real opportunity is utterly ridiculous.Goalscoring is predominantly about confidence— Sean Emmett #LEHEU (@MorcarsHill) September 15, 2018
Young lad playing his first match upfront in an intimidating place needs all the encouragement we fans can give to boost his confidence not to slag him off which will destroy him besides Bielsa knows best MOT.— Roger Cartwright (@rogercart57) September 15, 2018
Shame some fans think they know more than the manager. Abuse after abuse to this young lad is shocking and a disgrace— Paul riches (@Paulriches9) September 15, 2018
I thought he did well but some chances should have been taken..— André (@AndreGwilliam) September 15, 2018
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