After brushing aside Southampton last time out in the Premier League, Leeds delivered a disappointing display on Saturday as they fell to a 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side just looked completely flat at Elland Road, managing just three shots on target in the entire 90 minutes. The Leeds boss did make a couple of changes to his starting line-up, with Tyler Roberts one of those players coming in after some encouraging cameos in recent weeks.
But the Wales international failed to take his opportunity, with the 22-year-old struggling to make the most out of the good positions that he found himself in.
As per Sofascore, he found the target with just one of his attempts on goal, while he attempted no dribbles whatsoever. Roberts lost the ball in good areas so often, with Villa’s defenders outmuscling him far too easily on occasion – he lost eight out of the ten duels that he contested.
He also seemed to lose his head and gave away some cheap free-kicks, with his three fouls committed being the joint-highest of any Leeds player on the pitch.
And, writing in his post-match player ratings for Leeds Live, Beren Cross noted: “Not the type of performance which is going to keep him in the main thoughts of Marcelo Bielsa and co when it comes to the summer reshuffle. Had one decent effort sting the goalkeeper’s hand, but not at it at all apart from that. Wasted chances when they came his way. Had little control in the middle and gave away fouls.”
His lacklustre performance even prompted many Leeds fans to take to Twitter to urge the club to sell him when the transfer window opens up again in the summer.
I would sell Costa and Roberts, both good championship players and should be able to get 5mln for Roberts and maybe 8-10 for Costa to add to the recruitment budget
— PJH LUFC (@pistol1603) February 28, 2021
Roberts good Championship player, time to sell up… If Klich doesn’t buck his ideas up he will be walking a fine line aswell… Teams done brilliantly to be where they are but need to progress next year…
— Greg Stanley (@GregStan83) February 27, 2021
— 404 page not found (@TheRealBorisJo3) February 27, 2021
I really don’t ever want to sell Raphina, but if someone says they’ll take roberts too am fine with it #lufc
— Hatrick Bamford ⚽️ (@aka_twig) February 27, 2021
Roll on end for the season so we can sell roberts and bring in a cm.
— Nathan Phillips (@NathanP92) February 27, 2021
I think it's time we sell Tyler Roberts to the 49ers, he'll hit every field goal.#lufc
— Dietrich👇 (@ItsDietrich) February 27, 2021
Please can we sell Roberts asap #lufc
— G (@GKWlufc) February 27, 2021
Bielsa placed his trust in the £5k-a-week earning Roberts by promoting him to the starting line-up, and the forward massively let his manager down with his display. With reports even linking him with a move away back in January, perhaps this summer is the perfect time for both parties to go their separate ways.