Robert Earnshaw was critical of Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts and his costly miss on Wednesday night during Wales’ disappointing goalless draw against Estonia in their World Cup qualifier.
The Leeds man was put through on goal just after the hour mark and Earnshaw was annoyed at how he ‘didn’t do anything’ with his effort on goal, as he told ITV (08/09/21 at 11:30 pm).
Roberts’ shot was a weak one, straight at the goalkeeper, the Leeds player didn’t look to either dink the on-rushing Karl Hein, nor did he look to bend his shot around the Estonian man.
Plus, he also had Jonny Willaims free as a bird on his right-hand side, if he played a pass to him then he would have had an open goal.
It was one of a number of big chances misses from Wales, and this is what former striker Earnshaw had to say about that one costly moment of action from Roberts last night.
“He didn’t do anything with the shot,” said Earnshaw. “The shot should be bending away from the goalkeeper, into the corner and coming back in.
“But he doesn’t do anything. He almost hits it straight. It’s easy for the goalkeeper because he doesn’t have to move.
“He didn’t do any of that. Loads of chances and loads of chances created. But none of them hit the back of the net.”
That final third play is an area of weakness for Roberts and something that can make him pretty lethal if he can improve on it.
Given that he can look effortless on the ball at times, glide with the ball either way, then there’s no doubt that he should be putting the ball into the back of the net more regularly.
But it needs to be remembered that he is only 22, and under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa, his game will continue to improve.
Last season, he didn’t earn enough starts and that’s where he needs to start banging on Bielsa’s door via his performances.
If you can become a regular in Bielsa’s XI, more than likely, regardless of how many hiccups you have, he will then stick by you.