Date: 3rd March 2020 at 6:00pm
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A few Leeds United fans have been reacting on social media after reports by the Yorkshire Evening Post claimed Marcelo Bielsa’s plans for Wales midfielder Tyler Roberts.

The boss called on Roberts to come off the bench during Saturday’s demolition of Hull City at the KCOM Stadium, with the youngster compiling on the Tigers’ misery with a late brace for his second and third goals of the league season.

Roberts has mostly been a rarely-seen member of our first-team picture this term as a result of frequent injuries, with the seven-cap talent needing fluid drained from his knee at the end of last season keeping him from our opening six Championship fixtures. He later suffered a hamstring issue in November and has not started in the league since.

But Bielsa could soon look to change Robert’s record, as the Argentine has been left with food for thought after the versatile youngster’s superb cameo against Hull.

Roberts – who can play at centre-forward as well as any attacking midfield role – was only on the field for 23 minutes on Saturday, though scored with each of his shots, won two of three ground duels, made two clearances, one tackle, one successful dribble (100%) and played six accurate passes, per Sofa Score.

Where should Roberts feature vs Huddersfield on Saturday?

Striker

Striker

Centre-mid

Centre-mid

Wing

Wing

Bench

Bench

Bielsa is now contemplating a greater role for the Gloucester-born ace, who could provide top-scorer Patrick Bamford some welcome competition whilst Jean-Kevin Augustin comes to terms with the boss’ intense fitness demands.

“Clearly it is an option,” Bielsa said. “Tyler can play in this position. Normally we always have two players to fight for one position.

“He can be an option for Patrick and he also can be an option for [Mateusz] Klich or Pablo [Hernandez] as a playmaker.

“When one striker scores, of course that has a high value and after that, the manager considers this.”

Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Bielsa’s potential plans for Roberts following his brace at Hull…

In other Leeds United news, a summer free agent has been tipped to earn a new contract at Elland Road.

 
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