'Everyone knows their role' - Tyler Roberts on Leeds United's improvement under Marcelo Bielsa
The longer Leeds United play under Marcelo Bielsa, the better they get, says Tyler Roberts.
According to the attacker, the understanding he and his United team-mates now have of Bielsa’s playing philosophy and their individual roles and responsibilities within his system has been evident in the record they have put together this season.
Leeds are unbeaten in five games and third in the Championship table, two points behind leaders West Brom.
But they are also one point better off than they were at this stage last season, which goes some way towards proving Roberts’ point.
“I still believe that we were strong last year and I still believe that we should have done it and we could have done it, but this year there is a great feel about it,” said Roberts, who returned to the starting line-up against Queens Park Rangers on 2nd November, for the first time since March.
“We are all well drilled now, we have been under the gaffer for nearly one and a half years so we know how he likes to play.
“Everyone knows their role and it’s showing in our performances I believe.”
Getting over the disappointment of last season’s play-off semi-final defeat to Derby County was not easy, the hangover lingered throughout the summer for Roberts, but putting it behind them has been key for Leeds, along with the backing they have enjoyed at Elland Road.
“The boys have forgot about last year and tried to move on from it,” he said.
“Of course, it was our mistake when we came back to Elland Road (against Derby). But Elland Road is a fortress this season, the fans have shown that and kept supporting and believing and it is a great place to be.
“Missing out last season was not a nice feeling.
“It was a horrible feeling which stayed with you through the whole summer.
“But you have to try and keep motivated and believing that this can be the year.”