Is it make or break time for Tyler Roberts
30 Sep 2021 07:48 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Thursday 30th September, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Make or break for Roberts
Tyler Roberts future at Elland Road hangs in the balance, due to the rapid acceleration of young starlet Joe Gelhardt, according to Leeds Live. Elland Road's favourite scapegoat has made 84 appearances for the Whites since his £2.5m arrival from West Brom three years ago, though the majority have been bit parts. Whilst fans of the Welsh International are keen to point out, Roberts is only 22, his impact of the team's performance is negligible at times. He signed a new three-year contract in the Summer after impressing during the latter stages of last season; but has not been able to replicate this, this term.
Joe Gelhardt on the other hand continues to impress following his £1.2m move from Wigan Athletic last summer. 11 goals and 3 assists in 16 saw him as one of Leeds United U23s stand out performers in Premier League 2 last season and he has started this season in the same vein of form with 6 goals in 6 appearances. His first team debut came as a second half substitute for Mateusz Klich in the EFL Cup third round match against Fulham last week. The Leeds eon the match on penalties with Gelhardt cooly striking the seventh of Leeds eight penalties into the Fulham net.
Should Roberts go out on loan, where he will get first team action week in, week out, get rid in the January transfer window or keep him? Could Gelhardt move himeself above Roberts in the pecking order over the coming weeks?
Meslier to the rescue
Illan Meslier has been a revelation since his arrival from French outfit Lorient two seasons ago, and at 5m, is proving to be one of the best buys in recent times. Still only 21, and standing 6 foot 6', the last line of defence has been instrumental between the sticks this season. Leeds have conceded 112 shots in the Premier League this season - more than any other team so far. He has made 27 saves, more than any other top flight keeper, and the moves saves from inside the box (18). Whilst the French U21 should be congratulated for his performances, it certainly highlights the deficiencies we have on the pitch.
Highly unlikely Leeds will strengthen squad in January
It is 'highly unlikely' that Leeds will strengthen their squad in the January transfer window. Those were the words of Leeds Utd journalist Beren Cross.
The problem with January business is you’re always fighting an uphill battle to make it work under Bielsa. Assuming you sign the player in mid to late January. They need six weeks with the under-23s before they’re ready physically and tactically for Bielsa. You’re looking at the final six weeks of a season for the player to have an impact. If there was some form of injury crisis, then I am sure the club would act, but it seems highly unlikely if the squad is largely available to Bielsa through the second half of the season.