While the pre-match and post-match headlines have been understandably dominated by the European Super League, Leeds produced a spirited display in the midst of all that in their Premier League clash against Liverpool on Monday night.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side earned a hard-fought point against the reigning champions thanks to a header from Diego Llorente, but it wasn’t a display where everyone was at their best.
Tyler Roberts in particular showed flashes of his potential, but once again, the Wales international really struggled to make things count when it actually mattered during the game.
He was guilty of missing arguably the best chance of the game when he found himself unmarked inside the box, but could only fire his shot straight at Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson when he had the entire goal at his mercy.
His overall influence on the game was virtually non-existent too apart from a couple of bright moments, and he managed just 34 touches of the ball over the course of the game – in fact, goalkeeper Illan Meslier had far more of the ball with 55.
He also struggled to keep hold of the ball on occasion, conceding possession ten times, and it led to Sky Sports’ co-commentary Andy Hinchcliffe to remark that Roberts should be “very frustrated” with his performance and that he had wasted his “golden opportunity” when he was eventually replaced by Pablo Hernandez.
And, writing in his post-match player ratings for The Yorkshire Evening Post, Graham Smyth said: “Struggled to make his mark on the first half, showed more in the second half. Still needs to grab games by the scruff.”
Given that he was linked with a move away in January, and uncertainty over his long-term future come the summer, Roberts’ lack of cutting edge on Monday night, and all season – he still hasn’t scored in the Premier League – surely mean it’s time for him to go.