Leeds star Roberts sends defiant message amid current struggles

Date published: Wednesday 5th February 2020 1:24

Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts is confident that he and his teammates have what it takes to clinch automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are second in the Championship table at the moment with 55 points from 30 matches.

Leeds are a point behind leaders West Bromwich Albion, but just three points separates them from third-placed Fulham.

The West Yorkshire outfit were as many as nine points clear of the third-placed team at the start of January, but a disappointing run of results over the past month or so have left them looking over their shoulders.

Leeds had to come from two goals down to get the better of Millwall at Elland Road in their final game of January, and last weekend, they suffered a 1-0 defeat to relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic.

The recent stuttering in form has revived memories of last season among the Elland Road faithful.

The Whites were brilliant for most of the campaign, but they slipped up in the final weeks and ended up third, eventually losing the Championship play-off semi-final to Derby County.

Roberts, however, is confident that history will not repeat itself, and believes that he and his teammates have the quality and calibre to clinch automatic promotion to the Premier League.

“All of the boys know we’re the best team in the Championship, we deserve to go up,” Roberts told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“We’ve shown that, even last season and this season especially with our performances, dominating game after game. We know that we’ve got it in ourselves and we believe we can get it over the finish line.”

 

 

The 21-year-old added: “There’s still a long way to go, everyone knows that, there’s still 18 games. After [Forest and Brentford] there’ll be 16.

“Anything can happen after that. They’re two great games to go and battle against the teams who are fighting with us. It’ll show what we’re about.”

Leeds are back in action on Saturday evening when they take on Nottingham Forest away from home at the City Ground in the Championship.

Forest are fourth in the league table with 51 points from 30 games.

 

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