Between The Lines: Leeds striker Tyler Roberts hints Bielsa is a changed man

In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Leeds United striker Tyler Roberts hinted that Marcelo Bielsa is a changed man, suggesting he is enjoying life at Elland Road more than his previous jobs.

What did he say?

“I haven’t seen him blow up. He was OK after Saturday (after the 4-1 loss to West Brom). He always shakes everyone’s hand when we come in from the pitch.

“It’s always the same, win or lose. He was obviously not happy about Saturday, but that’s the same in every team after a result like that.”

What did he really mean?

Leeds were poor at the Hawthorns last Saturday as Darren Moore’s West Brom beat the Whites at their own game. The Baggies out-pressed and out-worked Bielsa’s side, which the Argentine will not have been happy with.

The scores were 0-0 at half-time in the clash, but the home side had already missed a hatful of chances and laid down a warning for what was to come. In the second half it duly arrived, as Hal Robson-Kanu opened the floodgates, before Matt Phillips, Harvey Barnes and Dwight Gayle all scored to make it 4-0.

Attacking midfielder Pablo Hernandez did grab a late consolation for Leeds, but many might have expected the manager christened ‘El Loco’ (the crazy one) to lose his cool.

Roberts though, who came off the bench with the score at 1-0, claimed that the boss shook every player’s hand after the game and that he was fine despite the result, hinting that he is clearly happy with the work done as a whole so far this season.

The perfect fit

Eyebrows were certainly raised when Bielsa was announced in the summer, but it would seem that, according to 19-year-old Roberts anyway, he is enjoying life at Leeds and his first taste of English football.

Bielsa has been known for his short fuse throughout his long managerial career, in fact he even left Lazio just two days after joining the club in the summer of 2016.

The Leeds squad though have clearly taken on his teachings well and now sit third in the Championship table. In such a competitive division it is imperative that everyone in the club is pulling in the same direction if promotion is the aim, and that seems to be precisely the case at the Yorkshire outfit right now.

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