'I worry for him' - Exclusive: Whelan savages Leeds 'Bystander' who 'Didn't even show up'
Noel Whelan has claimed that he is beginning to question whether Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts has what it takes to be a Premier League player.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Elland Road striker argued that the Wales international has failed to capitalise on the opportunities that have been handed to him so far this season.
The 21-year-old has featured in all four of Leeds’ Premier League games this term, and has been in the starting XI for the last two, including Saturday evening’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City.
Roberts also played a full 90 minutes in the Carabao Cup against Hull City last month, but Whelan wants to see more from the player.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “He hasn’t taken his chances. That’s the biggest disappointment.
“He’s had an opportunity in the cup game. He didn’t even show up. He looked lethargic, he looked slow, uninterested at times. That’s not the way it should be.
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“He should be out there trying to impress and to put pressure on the players who have been playing in the first team, and to be nipping at their heels, but he didn’t do himself any favours. He was so poor.
“I’m not sure if he’s lacking in confidence and self-belief. I thought he was a bystander. He’s had two bites of the cherry and he’s not taken either. I worry for him at the minute. There’s a player there, but is it a Premier League player? That’s what I’m questioning.”
Roberts has yet to find the net across his five appearances in all competitions this term.
Last season he registered four goals in 23 Championship outings, but didn’t score his first until early November.
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