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Tyler Roberts was absolutely fantastic last weekend as Leeds beat QPR 2-0.
The Welsh attacking midfielder found the back of the net as he opened the scoring but those performances have to continue over the next few weeks if he wants to be a starter for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
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With no date attached to Adam Forshaw’s return from injury, there is a gap in the midfield at the moment and Roberts seems to be the one to fill that hole, for now at least anyway.
While we can’t see him being dropped for next week’s game, his good performances must continue if he is to have a shot at being a starter once Forshaw comes back.
Make no mistake about it, Bielsa’s favoured midfield is the trio of Kalvin Phillips, Mateusz Klich and Forshaw.
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Klich has started every single league match under the Argentine and Phillips hasn’t missed an outing this term. Meanwhile, Bielsa’s comments on Forshaw last week show just how much he values having him in the midfield as he says he combines the best of both Klich and Phillips.
The Pole is the most attacking of that trio, so he’s the one that Roberts could potentially displace, and with Klich putting in an underwhelming showing against QPR, the 20-year-old could give his manager a selection headache if he keeps outperforming his teammate.
It’ll be a tough task for Roberts to break into the starting XI once Forshaw is back, but these next few games, while the former Middlesbrough man is still sidelined, represent a golden opportunity for the youngster to impress.