Tyler Roberts did well to hush critics last night as his hard work helped Leeds United to a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
The Whites have endured sour form this season in the Premier League thanks to injuries, with players being forced to play in less familiar positions.
Tyler Roberts had been seriously out of favour since the start of the season, but a very positive cameo away to Brighton could have been a catalyst for the Wales international to recapture form.
He was rewarded for his efforts at the AMEX with a start in his most natural striker position at home to Crystal Palace.
While it was another game where he didn’t manage to find the net or assist a goal, it was much closer to what we need from a ‘Bielsa’ striker: hard work, intense pressing, and great hold-up play to link midfielders to the attack.
Due to a large, and vocal, proportion of the fanbase taking plenty of time to tear apart his every move, it’s hard to come across frequent praise of the 22-year-old.
However, this performance was one that warranted attention from the fans, as he grafted for 90 minutes and allowed Leeds to put pressure on the Eagles, and look much closer to the side of last term.
Plenty of fans were happy with what they saw from him…
The tricky situation with Roberts is that he’s still always fighting an uphill battle to get fans inside because of his goal record.
His efforts against Palace were tremendous and deserve the credit he’s received, but it’s without any threat to Guaita’s goal.
That might come with time and more opportunities, but in the meantime, it’s great to see he’s doing everything else we need from him.
There were plenty of games last season where Bamford didn’t score, but his overall effort and workrate were commendable, which is what Roberts showed on Tuesday.