As new Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch settles into life at Elland Road, the American will no doubt already be assessing the state of his first-team squad.
The Whites have a number of exciting players both available and currently side-lined, but one who’s really fallen by the wayside recently, is Tyler Roberts.
The Wales international has endured a nightmare campaign thus far, scoring just once and providing only one assist for Leeds in 22 games in the Premier League, while he has quite a dismal record of just nine goals in 107 games in total for the club.
It was even telling that towards the end of Bielsa’s tenure at the club, Roberts saw his game-time for Leeds become increasingly limited, playing just over 100 minutes of Premier League football in the past seven top-flight games.
Despite seeing him sign a new three-year deal to stay at Elland Road last summer, Marsch simply has to make a ruthless call on someone who’s been underperforming for the Whites for a number of seasons now.
Former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has previously insisted that the Welshman hasn’t shown enough in the Premier League to suggest that he’s cut out for this level – he managed just one goal in 27 top-flight appearances last season, and even that came in the penultimate game against Southampton.
Abgonlahor said: “For me, he is not good enough for Leeds or Premier League level. He has some decent touches and gets in good positions, but his passing and decision-making keeps letting him down.
“It must be frustrating to watch for Leeds fans as moves keep breaking down when Roberts is on the ball. It’s shocking how often that happens. I don’t see him as the answer for Leeds, even though Marcelo Bielsa has a lot of faith in him.”
Towards the end of the January transfer window, The Athletic’s Phil Hay mooted the idea of a potential loan move away, claiming that it would take him “out of the firing line” and that things are “not clicking” for him in Yorkshire.
At 23, Roberts is still young enough to come good eventually, but there have just been no signs of that at all for the Whites to even hedge their bets on.
A permanent move away would allow Marsch to focus on this new era he is looking to build at Elland Road, and get rid of a real deadweight.