Paul Heckingbottom has been speaking to the good qualities of January signings Tyler Roberts, and Leeds fans are pulling no punches.
It’s been a miserable season for Leeds fans, but the side were actually in quite good shape when the January transfer window opened.
Fulham and Aston Villa have both showed how January signings can give a side a major mid-season boost, as Aleksandar Mitrovic and Lewis Grabban have both been huge helps in their respective side’s promotion pushes.
In stark contrast to those two sides though, Leeds’ January signings were perplexing to say the least, as two of the additions haven’t even appeared for the club yet.
Yosuke Ideguchi has struggled out on loan in Spain, and Tyler Roberts is still yet to feature for the club due to injury, and now the manager has been speaking about the 19 year-old.
“He’s sharp,” said Heckingbottom. “He likes to play in the final third. He can create because of his sharpness and he’s got ability on the ball. He’s changed a lot and he’s someone who I actually have seen for a couple of years now.
“He’s been really highly rated throughout his younger years, been out on loan in the Football League and desperate to do well.
“He was always coming to the ball a lot, his last loan move worked a lot on him running behind and it’s something I’ve spoken to him about. It was only when he felt the benefits of that in first team football that he reaped the rewards for it.
Understandably, fans have not been impressed by Heckingbottom’s reign as Leeds boss, and they’re mocking the manager for his faith in the injured youngster.
Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
He's a figment of Paul heckingbottom's imagination
— Simon Hall (@hallsi1987) May 5, 2018
How's he figured that out? By playing FIFA?
— Jamie Abbott (@JamieAbbott01) May 5, 2018
I hear that David Attenborough is on the search for The lesser spotted Roberts.
— Martin Moran (@MartinMoran74) May 6, 2018
Who’s he? Isn’t he the imaginary player supposedly bought to save our season? Fat lot of use assuming he really does exist.
— Iain Groundwell (@Hauxley1) May 6, 2018
Yeah that’s what we heard in january when we signed him.
— Einhorn_is_Finkle (@LUFCSmart) May 5, 2018
He ain’t bringing owt at the minute tho 😡
— Jim P (@ParkinMr) May 5, 2018
Does he readily exist?
— Bri (@bri0142) May 5, 2018