Danny Mills has been raving over the physical attributes of Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts and says he has the ability to be a game-changer for Marcelo Bielsa.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender says that the 20-year-old could prove a potent weapon from the bench with his powerful presence, not to mention his versatility in attack.
Roberts, who signed from West Brom as a centre-forward, has been used in a variety of positions by Bielsa since the manager’s arrival, including as a winger on either flank and an attacking midfielder.
Mills says that having options such as Roberts off the bench could make all the difference come the end of the season, insisting the youngster is the sort of player who can seriously hurt teams when they are tiring.
Mills told Football Insider: “He’s had his injury problems last season. He’s strong, he’s powerful, he’s a big lad height-wise.
“It gives them another option to come off the bench, change it up a little bit. Sometimes players, as other teams are starting to tire, you bring on a player of that ilk and it just gives you a different dimension.
“This is now what Marcelo Bielsa has the ability to do, he can change a game with two or three substitutions and he can take Leeds in a little bit of a different direction and style and that might just be what they need to get automatic promotion.”
Roberts did not play in the opening eight games of the club’s Championship campaign but has now featured in the Whites’ last five matches, all of which have come as a substitute.
Having come back to rescue a point against Preston North End on Tuesday night, the Whites will be looking forward to taking on Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road this weekend.
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