Tyler Roberts is Leeds United’s forgotten striker.
It’s a case of new season but same problems for Leeds United.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side slipped to fourth in the Championship this weekend after losing to Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
Not for the first time this season, Leeds had plenty of chances but Patrick Bamford and Eddie Nketiah struggled to make them count for anything.
The Whites host West Bromwich Albion at Elland Road on Tuesday and should Bielsa consider using Tyler Roberts up front instead of Bamford or Nketiah?
Roberts, a £4 million signing in 2018 [The Daily Mail], is back fit again after missing the first six weeks of the season, but he is needed as a striker more than he’s needed as a number 10 right now.
The Wales international has been operating as a playmaker for much of the calendar year, but he joined Leeds as a number nine and why not change things up next week?
Bamford and Nketiah aren’t bang in form and using Roberts instead of either of them might catch the Baggies by surprise, too. After all, Albion won’t be preparing to face their former youth product.
He was Bielsa’s third-choice striker – behind Bamford and Kemar Roofe – for the first half of last term, and scored twice in a 3-0 win over Preston North End last September from a forward role.
Roberts won’t be getting many chances at number 10 by the looks of things right now, but he can be effective as a striker. Whether Bielsa thinks so, however, is another thing.
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