Marcelo Bielsa has update on Leeds' Tyler Roberts

Leeds United's Tyler Roberts rues a missed opportunity during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on April 13, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Tyler Roberts has been sidelined for Leeds United since last season.

Leeds United's Tyler Roberts rues a missed opportunity during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on April 13, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Tyler Roberts could have his biggest season yet for Leeds United - when he's fit.

The sale of Kemar Roofe means that the Whites only have the one senior striker in the form of Patrick Bamford, who scored in last week's 3-1 win at Bristol City.

Leeds signed Eddie Nketiah on loan from Arsenal on deadline day but, despite being a hot prospect, he's unproven in the Championship as of now.

Roberts joined United for £4 million 18 months ago [The Daily Mail] and he signed as a striker, despite being played as a number 10 during the second half of last season.

 

Given that Leeds' only strikers are Bamford, a player who missed half of last season through injury, and an unproven Nketiah, Roberts might be massive for Marcelo Bielsa this term, but is he fit? Nope.

The Wales international missed the whole of pre-season and here's what Bielsa told The Yorkshire Evening Post about the 21-year-old on Thursday:

"Tyler Roberts is a very important player for us. We miss him a lot and the contribution he has for the team and him as a person too. He’s an offensive player with some very clear capabilities, so we are missing him.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa prior to kick off  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on August 4, 2019 in Bristol, England.

"We would like him to be in our unit. We would like to have him now with us for two reasons... the football things, but the most important thing is how he is as a human.

"Now he has another injury which is going to help him to recover. Then from this injury he will start the last part of the recovery process."

Bielsa, who refused to put a timeframe on Roberts's return, is clearly a big fan and the sooner he's back, the better for the Whites.

Tyler Roberts before the SkyBet Championship playoff semi final match between Derby County and Leeds United at the Pride Park, Derby on Saturday 11th May 2019.

 

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