So far this season, Roberts has not enjoyed the finest form of his career, with the £3.24 million-rated 22-year-old averaging a disappointing WhoScored match rating of 6.34/10 over his 17 Premier League appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side – a rating which ranks the Wales international as the club’s seventh-worst performer in the top flight.
However, in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea, Roberts turned in one of his better displays of the season, having two shots at goal, completing three dribbles and making one interception, culminating in a much more impressive WhoScored match rating of 6.98.
And, the improved performance of Roberts led Hay to praise the 22-year-old on Twitter, with the journalist dubbing the display of the Welshman as “impressive”. However, in reaction to his post, fans of Leeds then flocked to have their say on the matter, with many appearing to be in disagreement with the journalist’s assessment of Roberts’ performance.
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So, what exactly did these Leeds United fans have to say in reaction to Phil Hay’s tweet regarding Tyler Roberts?
“I’m still not convinced by Roberts. Tries hard but doesn’t score goals and doesn’t create them either so does that warrant a starting place?”
“I think he wasted every ball or every chance he could create but maybe I am wrong.”
“Roberts desperately needs a goal. There’s something there he’s just so frustrating at times. Touch always seems to let him down when it really matters.”
“Roberts? Really? Still too many errors… positional & control. And the ‘shot’ that hit the bar, the TV commentator said ‘he hit it without looking’.”
“I thought his touch completely deserted him about midway through the second half, he should have been subbed off at about 75 mins. Who would we bring on though?”
“Roberts having a serviceable game and we are all crazy for him now? I’m happy he played better but we are crying out for a new CAM come summer.”
“I’m chuffed with the result, but what’s the Roberts stuff about? He lost the ball more times than he completed a pass. And check back, it wasn’t him trying to be creative when he lost it.”
“Sorry, not a Roberts fan. Couldn’t trap a bag of cement.”
“Thought Roberts looked interested when attacking but little effort trying to press and win the ball back like Bamford and Raph. Just looks a little lethargic maybe I’m being a little critical.”
All in all, it would appear as if many of these Leeds United fans were far from happy with the performance of Roberts against Chelsea, or indeed his overall level of performance so far this season.