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Marcelo Bielsa must axe Leeds United passenger Tyler Roberts in January

Leeds United’s poor form in the Premier League continued at the weekend as they were condemned to a fifth defeat of the season at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur, and it was another game in which Tyler Roberts did himself no favours whatsoever.

The Yorkshire giants find themselves just one place above the relegation zone after 12 matches, with only two points separating them and 18th-placed Burnley.

Of course, there have been some factors that have contributed to their disastrous campaign thus far, most of which boils down to persistent injury problems that see Marcelo Bielsa lose several key players, such as vice-captain Luke Ayling and leading talisman Patrick Bamford.

However, the fringe members of the Argentine’s squad aren’t taking their chances and may not be good enough to compete in the big time and that seems very much the case for the 22-year-old Wales international.

He is a player that is capable of playing anywhere in attack, so with Bamford, Raphinha and even Rodrigo absent at the weekend, it was maybe a surprise to see Joe Gelhardt selected up top.

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In fact, Roberts has started just once in the Premier League – a 1-0 defeat to Southampton – so that is rather telling in itself, so if Bielsa no longer trusts him, having handed him a new long-term contract in only June this year, then he ought to be sold this winter whilst his value is at an all-time high.

Valued at €15m (£13.5m) by CIES Football Observatory, the former West Brom graduate could generate some much-needed funds to bolster the playing squad in the necessary areas, with players that are going to feature, unlike him.

Roberts scored just once in 27 top-flight appearances last season, perhaps showing that he is just not right for this level of football, not yet at least.

“Is he good enough? In my opinion he isn’t,” claimed ex-Whites frontman Noel Whelan to Football Insider in February. ” I need him to show me more. He needs to show more fight and desire. I just do not see that.”

Meanwhile, he left Bielsa “furious” for one moment in their defeat to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup, another game in which he had the perfect opportunity to prove himself in, but didn’t.

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It was interesting to see the flashpoint which convinced Bielsa to go for Gelhardt last night, though.

“Roberts received the ball in a promising position last night with Arsenal out of shape and rather than look to turn Maitland-Niles, as he had the time to do, he waited and looked for contact from behind to go down.

“The referee waved played on and the hosts took the ball away. Bielsa was furious and barked immediately for Gelhardt to come on,” as revealed by LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross.

The 22-year-old came on in the 72nd minute against Spurs but was graded as their worst-performer on SofaScore, having managed only nine touches, whilst he made just one pass from five attempts (20%), too.

Wasteful and passenger-like, much of his time in the Premier League has been like this, so it’s time for Bielsa to be ruthless and axe him from the team this January.

AND in other news, Forget Firpo: £60k-p/w Leeds lightweight who lost possession 24x badly let Bielsa down again

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