During the game, Leeds youngsters Joe Gelhardt and Sean McKinstry made their senior debuts for the club, though it appears Roberts failed to capture the imagination when given a starting berth by Bielsa.
On the subject of the Welshman, who started the game at Craven Cottage before being substituted off in the second half, Wainman had this to say about the striker’s role in the squad moving forward.
He said: “I think, for me, Tyler Roberts really now needs to be looking over his shoulder, because now these lads have made their debuts, Bielsa knows he can call on them.
“He knows he can turn to Gelhardt, he knows he [can] deal with high-pressure situations, taking a penalty – so Tyler really needs to up his game otherwise his game time is going become less and less.
“I think he was shocked to be pulled off when he was.”
TIF Thoughts on Joe Wainman’s comments on Roberts…
Leeds signed Roberts back in the 2018 January transfer window from West Bromwich Albion for a fee of £2.57 million, according to Transfermarkt.
Given how Roberts only managed to earn himself a rather uninspiring match rating of 5/10 for his performance against Fulham from Leeds Live, it’s easy to see why Wainman thinks his place in the team and his playing time could be under threat, seeing as he didn’t manage to have much of an impact against a Championship club in midweek.
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Moving forward, given Roberts has more senior experience with Leeds than Gelhardt, we feel Bielsa may not instantly cast him aside, and could continue using the Welshman when needed.
However, unless his performances don’t improve, Bielsa could well be forced to turn to Gelhardt to see if he can do any better.