By Kevin Phillips

3rd Dec, 2021 | 6:30pm

Roberts tipped for key role at Leeds after 'great news' - Phillips

Tyler Roberts could establish himself as Patrick Bamford’s backup at Leeds United after “taking advantage” of a rare start against Crystal Palace, according to Kevin Phillips.

The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted that manager Marcelo Bielsa holds great trust in the 22-year-old.

Roberts led the line from the start as Leeds United registered a last-gasp 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday (30 November).

Speaking after the game and quoted by Leeds Live, Bielsa insisted the Welshman played a “very important” role in the victory.

The Argentinian was also surprised by the forward’s energy levels, admitting he “did not imagine he [Roberts] could run as much as he did”.

When asked if Roberts has a long-term future at the club, Phillips told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs: “It’s always difficult.

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“Of course, Bielsa feels like he can trust him having put him in from the start in a game where Leeds United really needed to pick up a result.

“He’s gone with him as the lone striker. We all know that when Patrick Bamford is back fit, he will be starting in that role.

“All Roberts can do is take advantage of his chance when it comes. It’s been said that Leeds should have strengthened in that forward position, but they didn’t.

“It’s great news that Roberts has come in and got the opportunity to prove that he can be that backup to Bamford. It looks like he’s taken it.”

Roberts has netted just one Premier League goal in 42 games for Leeds United.

The Whites winger joined from West Brom in 2018.

In other news, injury expert suggests Bielsa not telling “full story” after shattering Robin Koch update at Leeds United.