Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is in the market for Brentford striker Neal Maupay, according to the Mirror’s Live transfer blog (10/01, 01.25am) as he looks to strengthen his squad as they prepare to maintain their promotion push over the second half of the season.
The arrival of a new striker though is bound to have an effect on the game-time of the existing Leeds strike-force, with players like Tyler Roberts, who has struggled to secure a regular starting spot, when the first choice strikers have been available.
So what impact would Maupay signing for Leeds have on Tyler Roberts?
“It would knock his confidence.
“It is easy to forget that Roberts did a really good job earlier in the season when both Roofe and Bamford were injured.
“To bring in Maupay would send the message that Bielsa does not have faith in him anymore.”
“It would clearly set him back further in his development, but whoever comes in will have that effect.
“Roberts might have to realise that his limited chances this season have come through a weak squad as much as his own promise.
“He’ll be sent out on loan to get stronger and sharper, not given first team action.”
“It’d push him down the pecking order, no doubt.
“However, I think Marcelo Bielsa is starting to see Roberts as a little bit of a versatility man.
“He can play up front, at 10 and on the wing, so there will always be a place for him.”
“It would, and it wouldn’t.
“It would regarding his position in the team would alter somewhat and it wouldn’t because instead of being down as an out-and-out striker, he would merely be considered in the number ten role more often.
“I see it as a slight alteration as opposed to any major effect it might have.”