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Tyler Roberts must step up or step aside after Bielsa decision

Marcelo Bielsa gave Joe Gelhardt his long-awaited debut against Fulham in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, giving Leeds United fans their long-awaited debut. During the next 90 minutes, Gelhardt was unable to make much of an impression. In actuality, according to Whoscored, he only had three touches. He did, however, leave his imprint on the game. Leeds went on to win the shootout 6-5 thanks to the 19-year-amazing old's penalty into the roof of the net.

Right now, Gelhardt's position in the pecking order will be largely determined by the severity of Patrick Bamford's injury. However, Bielsa has given the strongest hint yet that the teenager is part of his plans. As a result, the pressure on players like Tyler Roberts and Rodrigo has arguably increased. Neither player has had a particularly strong start to the season. Rodrigo, on the other hand, has been considerably better in the last two games.

Meanwhile, Roberts has provided hints. However, the Wales international appears to be lagging behind Rodrigo, who has yet to demonstrate that he is capable of making a consistent impact in the Premier League. It should be remembered that the forward is 22 years old. And there have been occasions when he has dazzled. In last season's stalemate against Chelsea, he was undoubtedly Leeds' best player.

However, it's possible that this is a contributing factor. Because he hasn't yet pushed his game to the next level, counting all of his top performances is a simple assignment. With that, Gelhardt's debut might be a watershed moment in Roberts' Leeds tenure. It will be interesting to observe how Gelhardt performs in the first team in the following months. Fans, on the other hand, are highly optimistic. As a result, it may be time for Roberts to either step up or prepare to step down.

Gelhardt still has a lot of work ahead of him. However, with a 2020 signing in the wings, Bielsa may find it difficult to justify sticking with Roberts if he does not quickly become the game-changer he has merely hinted at thus far.

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