Roberts pokes fun at expert jibes with facts to support Leeds’ progress
Posted On May 3, 2021
Forward Tyler Roberts admits he’s not sure why people thought Leeds United would fall apart towards the end of the season due to their style of play.
The Whites have enjoyed a strong comeback to the Premier League after a 16-year absence from the limelight. Marcelo Bielsa’s men sit comfortably in the middle of the table and have already secured their top spot for next season.
The Elland Road outfit has had 14 wins and five draws this quarter and amassed 47 points. They have never played more than three games without a win and have been applauded for their performances.
Bielsa drilled his loads to play a full style of football, with a intense work ethic. And that has made a few pundits question whether he is sustainable over 38 games.
Former Tottenham and Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has suggested Leeds could ‘run out’ due to their pace of work off the ball. But, as the season draws to a close, they have won three and drawn in two of their last six matches.
And Roberts has now had his say, offering a rebuttal to the suggestions of the fatigue that is setting in.
“This is something that has happened in recent years,” he said. Amazon Prime Video. “People think we’re going to disappear towards the end of the season and I don’t understand this year because we showed last season that we pushed even more and it shows again this season.
“It is the merit of the boys and our physical form.”
Bielsa raises the bar for next season
The way the Argentine tactician got Leeds to play in 2020-2021 means fans will expect even more in the future. The victories against Manchester City and Leicester City proved that the Yorkshire side can compete with the best.
The challenge now is reproduce this success and ensure that the club establishes itself in the Premier League. And former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson acknowledges the dilemma Bielsa and his team face.
“It’s been an amazing season, all in all,” he told Amazon Prime Video. “The problem they have now is that success comes from expectations, so people will expect them to head to European places now.
“I think the most important thing for Leeds this year was stability and getting back to the Premier League.”
“The job the manager did, he took a championship team from mid-table to the championship winners and they now look like a Premier League team.”
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