Danny Mills is certain Marcelo Bielsa will stick with Patrick Bamford as the Leeds United spearhead on Saturday and that weekend hero Tyler Roberts is simply a ‘plan B’ option.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that Bielsa nevertheless trusts the 21-year-old more than new arrivals Ian Poveda and Jean-Kevin Augustin.
Roberts scored a brace against Hull City after replacing Patrick Bamford at the KCOM Stadium after 67 minutes to seal a 4-0 victory for the visitors.
Well well well. Tyler Roberts comes on to lead the line for 25 minutes and scores 2 goals. What do we do now? pic.twitter.com/rsAAwKmhys
— David Ryan (@TheDavidJRyan) February 29, 2020
Luke Ayling and Pablo Hernandez added the first two goals as United moved to within a point of league leaders West Brom who lost at home to Wigan.
When asked if the former Baggies forward did enough to earn himself a starting spot for this weekend’s Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield, Mills told Football Insider: “Bielsa will not waver. He is forthright and stubborn and knows his own mind.
“What it has shown is there is an option off the bench.
“Clearly Bielsa trusts Roberts and maybe that is the difference between him and the likes of Poveda and Augustin. He is still not 100% sure what they are going to do when they get their opportunity. With Roberts, he knows and he is prepared to give him a chance at least.
“To come off the bench and get a couple of goals that is what Leeds need. Something different. He has always played in a slightly deeper role. He is big, strong and powerful and he has shown he can score goals. If Leeds need a plan B, they can use him.”
It was the forward’s third goal of the season having predominantly featured as a substitute in his 13 appearances.
First-choice striker Patrick Bamford has struggled in front of goal of late, scoring in just one of his last 13.
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