Marcelo Bielsa outlines Tyler Roberts hope as Leeds United await Sheffield United clash
MARCELO Bielsa says Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts will “surely learn” from breaking Wales protocol rules during the international break.
Dragons team mates Roberts, Hal Robson-Kanu and Rabbi Matondo were all sent home early from the Wales international camp in mid-week for breaching Football Association of Wales protocol rules.
The YEP understands the players concerned breached a curfew put in place at the team hotel but Roberts was able to resume training with Leeds having not breached the Covid-19 secure bubble.
The forward has recently earned himself a regular starting place in Bielsa’s side having lined up from the outset in United’s last six games.
The 22-year-old is again available for selection for today’s Premier League Yorkshire derby at home to Sheffield United and Whites head coach Bielsa indicated that it would now be up to Roberts as to the path he takes from here on in.
“Any player that doesn’t adhere to the rules, having accepted them, commits an error,” said Bielsa.
“Errors always have consequences.
“Some of them are positive - to not repeat the same mistakes again - and others have worse consequences as they sanction you for your mistakes.
“Tyler’s a player who’s close to abandoning that position of lack of experience for a player which is a way of understanding some of the behavioural mistakes he has made.
“Surely this will help him to not make mistakes which are not convenient.”
Asked if that was now the end of the matter and if Roberts was available this weekend, Bielsa said: “When a situation like what happened to Tyler will be solved, when he doesn’t commit this error again.
“He already received a sanction from his national team, which is an important one.
“I don’t know what the position is of their technical staff, the national team or their federation, who are the people who resolve this matter.”
Leeds are approaching Saturday's Yorkshire derby sat nine places and 25 points higher than the visiting Blades who are bottom of the pile and 14 points from safety with nine games left.
The 11th-placed Whites are 13 points clear of the drop zone and have played one game less than third-bottom Fulham. Victory would also send Leeds into the top half and above tenth-placed Aston Villa who host Fulham on Sunday afternoon.
“There is still a lot to play for and there is still a lot to show,” said Bielsa, asked what his hopes and expectations were of his team for the rest of the season.
“Every game at this level is a test.
“The objectives are always linked to imposing yourselves in the next game, be whatever the position in the table.
“There’s no position in the table that exempts you from exerting less effort.”
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Thank you Laura Collins