Tyler Roberts a perfect curveball for Leeds' Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa watches one during the first half during the Sky Bet Championship between Leeds United and Norwich City at Elland Road on February 2, 2019 in Leeds,...

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa should consider surprising Tony Pulis by playing Tyler Roberts up front.

Leeds United's Tyler Roberts celebrates scoring his side's second goal

Kemar Roofe is now three games without a goal for Leeds United.

It is officially the longest dry spell that he has endured this season and maybe it's time for Marcelo Bielsa to rest him for Saturday's visit to Middlesbrough.

Problem is, his understudy Patrick Bamford, who grabbed Leeds' consolation against Norwich last week, has only played 56 minutes of senior football since August due to injury and it might be too early to risk him against Boro.

With that in mind, should Bielsa play Tyler Roberts as a number nine again?

 

Boro boss Tony Pulis will be building his pre-match plan around the idea that Roofe or Bamford starts up front, so to go with Roberts could be one hell of a curveball.

Daniel Farke said that he knew 'everything about Leeds' before his Norwich side comprehensively beat them, and we can assume that Pulis will have done his homework too.

Bielsa, who often names his starting lineup 48 hours prior to kickoff, has become a tad too predictable with his selections and therefore it is getting easier for opposition managers to formulate plans to stop the Whites, who have lost four of their last six Championship games.

Leeds United's Kemar Roofe reacts after a strong challenge from Nottingham Forest's Jack Colback at Elland Road on October 27, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Roberts, a £4 million signing last January [Daily Mail], might be playing as a number 10 as of late, but he joined United as a centre-forward, and it was he who stepped up to the plate when Roofe and Bamford were both injured earlier in the season, scoring a brace against Preston and the winner in a 1-0 victory at Hull City.

He can lead the line and maybe this is the change-up that'll benefit Leeds and throw Boro's pre-match plan into disarray at the same time.

Leeds United's Tyler Roberts celebrates scoring his side's second goal

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