Sources: Bielsa to omit Leeds player he thinks is brilliant
Marcelo Bielsa will snub Tyler Roberts and continue to put his faith in Patrick Bamford as the Leeds United spearhead for the rest of the season, Football Insider understands.
Roberts served notice of his immense potential and ability by coming off the bench to score twice in spectacular fashion in United’s 4-0 win at Hull City two weekends ago.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Bielsa has no intention of deviating from his policy of Bamford as first-choice striker with automatic promotion on the line.
It means that Roberts will continue as the back-up centre-forward and have to bide his time for a starting spot in what is a very settled starting XI.
The source explained that Bielsa is a huge admirer of Roberts, 21, and regards him capable of playing a number of attacking roles, including the number 10 he feels might be his best position.
The 2018 signing from West Brom has not started a Championship match since November but his eyeopening display at Hull served further notice of what he can do.
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This had many Leeds fans calling for Bielsa to axe Bamford for the derby against Huddersfield on Saturday as he was on another lengthy non-scoring run.
But the Argentine selected the 26-year-old and he responded with his 13th league goal of the season, which have come from 36 starts in the competition.
Bielsa thinks Roberts is a potentially brilliant player at the highest level but will use him as an impact sub unless the team is hit by absences to the regular forwards like Bamford, Pablo Hernandez, Helder Costa and Jack Harrison.