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Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has received a boost as he prepares his side for a return to league action, with the news that striker Tyler Roberts appeared for the U23’s in their fixture away at Crystal Palace on Monday.
The Wales international came on at half-time in the 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park to replace Liam McCarron and managed to get a valuable 45 minutes under his belt, as he works his way back to challenging for a first team recall.
So will a return for Roberts be a boost for the Whites’ promotion bid?
“Having any player back from injury is a boost to a side.
“Will he play regular football? That I’m not so sure. He’s a good prospect, but I can’t see him getting in the first team.
“That’s not the be-all and end-all of the situation though. He’ll be around the squad, putting pressure on the players and increasing competition.
“That’s a good thing for the rest of the players, plus a youngster getting around the side is an incentive to other Under 23 players to progress as well.”
“It’s obviously a massive boost for Leeds to have another big player back in action after a spell on the sidelines.
“I didn’t expect Roberts to be a key player at all last season, as he was third-choice behind Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford up top.
“But Bielsa worked his magic once again and transformed into a fantastic number 10, and he made that position his own during the latter stages of the season.
“It would be harsh to drop Adam Forshaw or Mateusz Klich given their own starts to the season, but having Roberts waiting in the wings is a massive boost for the Whites.”
“It’s a big help for the side. He can play anywhere across the front-line and that will come in very handy throughout the season.
“Alongside that he’s able to mix it up with a bit more pace and that can be a different outlet for Leeds to cause some problems.
“It’ll be interesting to see how’s he used under Bielsa, I assume firstly from off the bench but it’s a great boost and only strengthens their squad.”