Noel Whelan has suggested Leeds United attacker Tyler Roberts is “drifting” and not good enough for the Premier League.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites and Coventry striker said the 22-year-old did not take his chance at Wolves on Friday after a promising substitute appearances against Arsenal.
Roberts was handed his first Premier League start since 3 October as Marcelo Bielsa’s side lost 1-0 at Molineux.
The forward has failed to score in 13 appearances for Leeds this season but he has been used predominantly as an impact substitute.
Whelan claimed the Wales international “drifted” through the game against Wolves.
“My question mark over Roberts has not been taken away after that performance,” he told Football Insider.
“I still doubt whether he can do it in the Premier League. He struggled to get into a Championship side last year. I am just not sure whether he is a Premier League player. We need more quality if we have aspirations of competing for European spots in years to come.
“He was given an opportunity against Wolves and I do not think he took it. His cameo performance against Arsenal was good but you are talking about a 22-year-old who has hardly played.
“He was given his opportunity and for 20 minutes he was good but after that he drifted by the game. You cannot have that kind of player on the pitch. We need somebody who makes a difference.”