Revealed: Leeds have trained for West Ham clash with surprise player in the Bamford role
Leeds United have trained for their Premier League clash against West Ham today with Tyler Roberts as striker, Football Insider understands.
Marcelo Bielsa has a big decision to make for the Elland Road showdown in the absence of first choice spearhead Patrick Bamford.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that some of the team’s preparations have involved using attacking midfielder Roberts up front in the number nine position.
Should Bielsa go with that plan in the 3pm kick-off, it would Rodrigo most likely playing behind him in the number 10 role.
That would be a surprise in one way given that the Spaniard was signed last year from Valencia after playing predominantly at centre-forward over the three previous seasons.
He had scored regularly in Spain but has been unable to match that goal threat in a Leeds shirt.
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Like Rodrigo, Wales international Roberts has also yet to open his goal account this season.
Rodrigo has played 442 minutes for Leeds this season across six matches and failed to score or assist.
Roberts has made seven appearances in all competitions, with 278 minutes failing to yield a goal or assist.
United go into today’s match against David Moyes’s high flyers without many of their first-team stars.
Patrick Bamford, Diego Llorente and Robin Koch are all injured, while Pascal Struijk serves the last game of his suspension.
There are also doubts over Raphinha, Luke Ayling and Jack Harrison.