Leeds United attacker Tyler Roberts is not good enough for the Premier League and should return the Championship, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Whites and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider said the 21-year-old has been “off the boil for quite a while now” and has fallen down the pecking order at Elland Road.
Significantly, Roberts was not named among the substitutes for Leeds’ trip to Spurs on Saturday, a surprise considering he had made every other matchday squad this season.
Marcelo Bielsa was coy on the Wales international’s omission in his post-match press conference, simply stating that he was “unavailable”.
In the second big update, the Daily Mail report that Bournemouth are considering a move for the versatile forward who has not started a game since 3 October.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Roberts’ situation, Whelan said:
“Roberts has been off the boil for quite a while now.
“We have not seen anything from him this season even though he has been given opportunities. He has not taken his chances.
“In my opinion, he is way down the pecking order.
“I think the Premier League is a step too far for Tyler. It is quite obvious when he comes onto the field and plays. The Championship was probably his level and we saw some great performances from him in the division.
“It is just not happening for him this year. We need players who can come off the bench and have an impact, there is no impact from him and that is an issue for me.
“We need more quality in those forward areas and we have seen that with Raphinha.
“This is not Tyler Roberts’ level. He needs more time in the Championship to grow as a player – time is on his side.”