By Danny Mills

8th Oct, 2021 | 8:00am

Roberts tipped to leave Leeds on January loan after latest - Mills

Danny Mills has suggested Tyler Roberts could leave Leeds United on loan in January.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender claimed Marcelo Bielsa may not be the right manager for Roberts.

As quoted by Leeds Live (October 2), Bielsa revealed he had a lot of faith in the 22-year-old’s qualities despite his performances this season not reflecting them.

He has featured in all seven Premier League games this term but is yet to earn a start.

“We’ve been waiting for him to burst through for the past two or three seasons,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“I don’t feel we’ve seen the very, very best of him for more than two games in a row.

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“He’s come on, he’s started the odd game and he’s looked OK but from what we’ve seen of his potential in one or two cameos when you think ‘Yes, this is a player’.

“I don’t think we’ve seen that often enough and maybe that’s why he’s not getting the starts. It’s difficult sometimes, it’s chicken and egg. You often need the performances to get the starts but you need the starts to get the consistency at that level.

“When you’re in and out the team, it’s difficult. This is often why players seek a change and go out on loan or whatever they might do. It gives you that fresh impetus, a new lease of life and new confidence to go out and play.

“He may need a push, a new challenge. He’s clearly doing the right things day in, day out but they’re clearly not good enough to the levels that Bielsa wants.

“Maybe there’s a slight lacking in confidence in what he’s doing. Ok, how do you change that? You can’t really change the work rate or style of play too much.

“Maybe he needs a different manager who plays in a slightly different style to give me confidence and a run of games.

“Marcelo Bielsa has done an incredible job with Leeds and turned players who weren’t really fancied into Premier League players. Equally, it works the other way and it doesn’t quite work out with other players who may need to look elsewhere.”

In other news, Leeds United have been tipped to sign a midfielder in January after a “massive” Phil Hay update.