Exclusive: Bielsa & his Leeds coaches left raving about player after private talks
Marcelo Bielsa and his Leeds United backroom staff have been thrilled by Tyler Roberts’ response after private talks calling for him to improve, Football Insider can reveal.
The Wales international, 20, had to wait until this month for his first start of the season after beginning the season injured and then being overlooked for a starting spot.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider he sought out Bielsa for advice on what he needed to do and was told to add more end product to his game.
Roberts has given his manager what he wanted by being influential when restored to the starting line-up for the consecutive wins over Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn Rovers before the international break.
He scored the opener in the 2-0 triumph against QPR and impressed in his 90 minute run-out in last Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Blackburn.
Both performances have left Bielsa and his coaching team thrilled, and they are confident the versatile attacker can play a huge role for the rest of the season.
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The youngster was deployed in the key number 10 role in both games as the manager looked to take advantage of his ability to create and score goals as well as combine the play.
Football Insider revealed earlier this week that Bielsa held a private meeting with Roberts explaining to him he needs to be more consistent and add regular goals to his game to nail down a starting spot.
Signed from West Brom in January 2018 for a fee rising to £4million, he has had a stop-start time at Leeds, partly due to injury.
He made 31 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring three goals and providing six assists.
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