Should Leeds go back to using Tyler Roberts as a number nine?

Leeds United goal scorers Jack Harrison and Tyler Roberts celebrate Harrison's goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road on...

Leeds United are stretchered very thin on the striker front right now.

Leeds United goal scorers Jack Harrison and Tyler Roberts celebrate Harrison's goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road on...

Leeds United's goalscoring problems could be about to get worse.

Patrick Bamford hasn't found the net in a Championship game since way back in August, while Eddie Nketiah, the striker who was seriously threatening Bamford's spot in Marcelo Bielsa's first XI, is out injured and it remains to be seen how long for.

Leeds have no problem preventing goals from being scored, with Bielsa's side boasting a division-best eight goals in 15 league games, but they've only managed 19 at the other end - three less than Luton Town who sit 21st in the table.

Scoring has been a big problem for the Whites this season, but is Tyler Roberts an ideal replacement for Nketiah for the duration of the Arsenal loanee's spell on the sidelines?

 

It's easy to forget after Bielsa converted him into a number 10 during the second half of last season, but Roberts joined Leeds as a striker in the summer of 2018.

In fact, he played there during the first half of last season as a back-up to Bamford and Kemar Roofe, and did score twice in a 3-0 win over Preston North End at Elland Road.

As far as number nine options go, Bielsa is limited. There isn't much depth in that position, with some fans wanting Under-23 striker Ryan Edmondson to be promoted, but senior footballer is a huge step-up in standard to the one that he's used to.

Bielsa wasn't at the club when Roberts was signed, meaning that Director of Football Victor Orta spent £4 million [The Daily Mail] on a striker, not a number 10.

And with Nketiah absent, and Bamford misfiring, pushing the Wales international - who scored in Saturday's win over QPR - into a more advanced role seems the logical step.

Tyler Roberts of Leeds United reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road on November 02, 2019 in Leeds, England.

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