The Athletic’s Phil Hay has delivered a damning verdict on Leeds United star Tyler Roberts and suggested an exit from Elland Road could well be the best for him.
He said: “To be completely honest, I feel like a move elsewhere would do him good. To repeat myself, the season so far isn’t down to him. He hasn’t made much impact and that’s why I think Leeds need better but he attracts a lot of criticism in a situation which is much bigger than him.
“A fair few players have struggled for form – the problem for Roberts is that he has no credit in the bank. He ran hard last night and made the effort but I’m not sure this period and the way he’s been used is doing him or the team a great deal of good. It is fascinating to see how much Bielsa trusts him though.”
While at 22, Roberts is hardly an ageing footballer in the declining years of his career, it remains to be seen just how better he can get given how disappointing he has been since the step-up to the Premier League in particular.
The Wales international has endured a nightmare start to the campaign thus far, scoring no goals and providing no assists, and has quite an unbelievable record of just eight goals in 99 games for the club.
Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan has previously insisted that the £12.6m-rated forward hasn’t shown enough in the Premier League to convince Bielsa that he’s cut out for this level – he managed just one goal in 27 top-flight appearances all of last season, and even that came in the penultimate game against Southampton.
Whelan added: “Is he good enough? In my opinion he isn’t. I would love him to go out there and prove me wrong because I want everyone to succeed. I need him to show me more. He needs to show more fight and desire. I just do not see that.”
Hay’s verdict that Roberts should look to leave is sure to intrigue fans about how the Welshman’s career can be turned around, whether it be at Elland Road or elsewhere.