The Wales international played a blinder for Leeds United today.
Tyler Roberts returned to Leeds United’s first XI today and what a comeback.
Marcelo Bielsa started the Wales international for the first time this season in this afternoon’s 2-0 win over QPR in West Yorkshire – and it didn’t take long for Roberts to justify his inclusion.
The former West Brom youth, who endured an injury-hit start to the 2019-20 campaign, fired Leeds into a 1-0 half-time lead following good work from Jack Harrison.
Roberts found himself in the right place at the right time to open the scoring, but it was a fine finish from the 20-year-old playmaker, who originally joined United as a striker for £4 million almost two years ago [Daily Mail].
The penetration that he offers from midfield is something that Leeds have been missing this season, and here’s how fans of the Elland Road club reacted to his display.
Roberts a class act today #lufc— David Flynn (@Daveflynn23) November 2, 2019
Roberts is a baller #LUFC— Harvey Rad (@Harvey_123) November 2, 2019
Buzzing with that #LUFC— Conor McGilligan (@Conor_ALTV) November 2, 2019
Another clean sheet, insane. Two goals, Harrison well done sir, proving me wrong which I love. Roberts insane.
Would maybe like to see Roberts upfront? Pablo just in behind if Eddie is still out. PB good but I still think he needs a spell out.
Roberts has made such a difference to our attack. #lufc— Boaby Dazzler (@BobbyDazzzzzler) November 2, 2019
Tyler Roberts is class— Jay (@jacoblufc1997) November 2, 2019
Looking so, so much better with Roberts in the team. Great finish from him #lufc— Joe (@Smudge_17) November 2, 2019
That’s such a good finish. We’ve all been saying Roberts needs a chance & fair play to the lad he’s taken it. Could be a huge season for him. Well played Harrison too. #lufc— Tommy (@tommy_lufc) November 2, 2019
Solid performance today, really rate Roberts, exactly the type of player we’ve needed! #lufc— ashley law (@AJL383) November 2, 2019
We forget about it, but Roberts was exceptional at number 10 for the second half of last season, following Samu Saiz’s winter exit.
And if he can get back to that level, it’s a massive boost for Bielsa who, in addition to Roberts, had been missing the creativity of a certain Pablo Hernandez in recent weeks before today, too.
Leeds are top of the Championship, ahead of Swansea City on goal difference, but West Brom – who visit lowly Stoke City on Monday night – could reclaim their spot at the summit in a couple of days.