Danny Mills has suggested that Tyler Roberts has been impressing Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa in training as he is considered for a rare start against Millwall.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender says that the 20-year-old looks to have been catching his manager’s eye on the training ground after featuring as a substitute against West Brom.
With both Jamie Shackleton and Adam Forshaw out injured against the Lions this weekend, Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Roberts could make a rare appearance in the starting XI in the Whites’ last game before the international break.
"Probably we're going to play Ayling instead of Dallas and Dallas instead of Shackleton, or Klich for Shackleton and Roberts in place of Klich."#lufc
— Graham Smyth (@GrahamSmyth) October 3, 2019
Mills says that the swapping Shackleton for Roberts at half-time on Tuesday seemed to work out well and that the young attacker’s performances behind-the-scenes could help him earn a start on Saturday.
Mills told Football Insider: “He’s coming back from injury as well, Bielsa’s obviously seen him in training and thought he looks sharp. Sometimes you need something a little bit different.
“He decided it wasn’t quite working, the way that Leeds were doing things (v West Brom) so he had to change it up and it worked. Is he going to start there? Who knows but I think you saw that West Brom were good on the counter-attack, they were energetic, they were athletic, and maybe he just wanted Tyler Roberts in there to counter that.”
Roberts has not featured much for Leeds this season, with his substitute appearances against Charlton and West Brom his first and second outings of the campaign after being left on the bench for the previous two games.
He had a good run in the side last season, operating in a number of roles across the attack and midfield under Bielsa, although his last start came back in April.
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