Noel Whelan has claimed that Tyler Roberts’ movement is better than Patrick Bamford’s having watched both up front for Leeds United against Fulham.
The former Elland Road striker and, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that Marcelo Bielsa has a “big dilemma” on his hands after Roberts impressed in the second-half on Saturday.
Bamford was replaced at the interval against Fulham by Pablo Hernandez despite scoring the games only goal to that point in the 10th minute.
Roberts led the attack for the second-half to allow Hernandez to play in his favoured number 10 position and it paid dividends with Ezgjan Alioski and Jack Harrison scoring to return Leeds to the summit of the Championship.
When asked by Football Insider if Roberts was starting to stake a real claim to lead the Whites attack, Whelan said: “This is a big dilemma but a good one for the manager.
“Completely different styles of strikers. Patrick likes to run in behind more than Roberts.
“Roberts drops off into the number 10 role and interchange with Pablo. He also makes diagonal runs across that 18-yard box. Patrick often runs too wide.”
The BBC radio pundit added: “They have their own special attributes.
“Tyler Roberts’ movement is better than Patrick’s but Patrick has a greater presence up front.
“Two very different armouries that they possess and hold within their game which is beneficial to the team in different ways.”
Bamford is the club’s top scorer this season having scored 14 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions.
Luton Town, who are unbeaten in their last five fixtures, travel to Elland Road on Tuesday night.
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