Leeds United news: Mills raves over Roberts' game-changing ability

By Danny Mills

27th Nov, 2019 | 11:00am

'Different dimension' - Exclusive: Danny Mills raves over Leeds star breaking the mould

Danny Mills has been left raving over the game-changing abilities of Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts after seeing him limp off injured against Reading.

The former Leeds and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Welsh international breaks the mould when it comes to attacking midfielders, offering a powerful presence rarely seen among number 10s.

The 20-year-old was substituted after just 35 minutes on Tuesday night, Helder Costa taking his place in the side, with Marcelo Bielsa confirming that the forward had felt something in his muscle.

Mills says that his physical presence in the attacking hole gives Leeds a “different dimension” to other players who play in the same position.

Mills told Football Insider: “You used to have these players who were 5’8″, 5’9” playing in the hole, tricky little players, but he’s tall, he’s powerful, he runs with the ball.

“He’s just a different dimension, he’s an athlete. David Pleat was always fabulous. (He’d say) If you have two players of exact equal ability, would you rather have a good big’un or a good little’un? You’d always go with the big’un because they offer that little bit more.”

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Roberts has played nine times for Leeds this season, his attacking contribution sitting at just one goal and no assists so far.

He has been a utility man for Marcelo Bielsa during his time at Elland Road, playing as a striker, a winger, an attacking midfielder and a natural central midfielder under the Argentine boss.

In other Leeds United news, Football Insider can reveal that Bielsa is a “huge admirer” of a Fulham player who flopped in the Premier League.