Noel Whelan fears Leeds United attacker Tyler Roberts is struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League.
The former Whites and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, has urged the club to address the issue of squad depth in next summer’s transfer market.
Roberts, 21, has made six Premier League appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this season, two of which were starts, but he is yet to record a goal or assist in that time.
Speaking in September, Bielsa backed the Wales international to “show the undoubted qualities he has” as the season developed.
However, Whelan is unconvinced by what he has seen from Roberts in the early part of the campaign.
“Right now we are looking at a lad that is very low on confidence and very low on belief in his own ability,” he told Football Insider.
“He is struggling to find form and maybe it is a step too far for him right now, the Premier League. It would be very harsh for me to say that he is not a Premier League player but he is not showing it right now.
“He has had opportunities this season. He does not seem to do what is required when he comes on which is change the game, change the momentum of the game and start dictating. We are not getting the effect desired by a substitute who is playing in that number 10 position.
“That is something that we need to look at again in the summer.
“Our bench is not of the same quality as other sides. We need people who can come on and really make a difference.
“Tyler Roberts is not doing that and I do not think he can do that consistently in the Premier League.”
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