Leeds United star Tyler Roberts returns with a point to prove

Leeds United's Tyler Roberts reacts to the defeat after the final whistle

Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts is back, but where does he fit?

Leeds United's Tyler Roberts reacts to the defeat after the final whistle

Tyler Roberts made his return to action this week for Leeds United's under-23 side.

He came off the bench in a fixture away at Crystal Palace, stepping up his comeback from injury.

Roberts missed all of pre-season for Leeds and has not yet been involved in the first team squad.

Now he is poised to make his comeback, but where?

 

Getting Roberts back for Leeds is a positive. Yet his best position, or even the one Marcelo Bielsa prefers him in, remains unclear.

Roberts signed for Leeds billed as a striker. While injuries have hampered him, his goal return is not great.

He scored only three goals last season, two of which came in the same game.

For many of his 28 league appearances, Roberts played in an attacking midfield role.

Marcelo Bielsa had been attempting to develop him as an alternative to Pablo Hernandez.

Roberts ended the season with five assists, which is fairly solid, especially for a young talent who is just 20-years-old.

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

What's next?

Leeds' team are playing well, and there is no reason to rush Roberts back. There will be more under-23 appearances for him before his first team return.

Roberts will simply have to take whatever action he can get, whether as a striker, or attacking midfielder.

Eddie Nketiah's arrival on loan makes it tougher for him to get game time up front, although if Leeds play with two strikers up front, then Roberts could still be a bench option at the position.

Attacking midfield is most likely for Roberts, but this is just us theorising. Marcelo Bielsa will have studied last season's footage meticulously, and he will have his own thoughts on whether the players' experiment at this position should continue, or not.

This season is crucial for Roberts, and he has to end the campaign with an answer.

Is he a striker? Or an attacking midfielder?

He is only 20, but the rest of his career  could be defined by the few months ahead and he needs to solve the riddle of his best position or risk seeing his development stall.

Leeds United's Tyler Roberts competing with Queens Park Rangers' goalkeeper Matt Ingram in the penalty area during the FA Cup Third Round match between Preston North End and Doncaster...

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