Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has explained to Leeds Live why he decided to take off Tyler Roberts after the youngster played just 30 minutes in the second half against West Bromwich Albion.
Roberts, who is a very versatile footballer and can operate as a striker, winger or attacking midfielder, came on as a substitute at the start of the second period in the Championship game between Leeds and West Brom at Elland Road on Tuesday evening.
The 20-year-old, though, was taken off in the 75th minute, as the West Yorkshire outfit went on to win the game 1-0.
Ezgjan Alioski scored the only goal of the match in the 38th minute, as Leeds bounced back from their 1-0 loss at the hands of Charlton Athletic in the league at the weekend.
Leeds head coach Bielsa’s decision to take off Tyler after the youngster had played just 30 minutes in the second half would have surprised many Elland Road faithful, and he has explained why he made it.
Bielsa told Leeds Live about Roberts: “I want to take advantage to express something because I am worried about the substitution of Tyler Roberts. For one player it is very hard to assimilate he has played 25 minutes and accept he will come off again.
“It was not for his performance because he worked a lot. After the 15 minutes, the shape of the match turned and changed. I was forced to make a change and put on a more defensive player in the middle of the pitch. The creative player who made a mistake was him because he didn’t read well what was going to happen in the match (think he means himself).
“Klich defended less than Shackleton. Roberts defended less than Klich and what was the need of the match is more energy difference and I didn’t have a better option than this decision I took. I thought that was the only way to keep the match.
“The need of Tyler in the pitch was to have more presence in attack. After the match, we forced him to defend more and he had less contact with the ball. I am giving this explanation to explain why I took this decision.”