Tyler Roberts was more than unlucky not to score his fourth goal for Leeds United on Sunday. But striking both posts against QPR in the FA Cup just about sums up his spell at Elland Road so far.
Just 30 seconds into the third-round tie, Roberts lashed a loose ball against both posts from 20 yards. The Whites went on to lose 2-1, with Aapo Halme scoring for us.
It sees Marcelo Bielsa’s side lose their third game in a row, but Wales international Roberts will be frustrated. Luck has not shone on the forward since joining Leeds in January.
Completing a £2.5million move to Leeds a year ago, Roberts instantly suffered a foot injury. It would keep him sidelined for the rest of the 2017-18 campaign.
Indeed, the former West Bromwich Albion attacker finally made his debut on August 14 in the Carabao Cup. A run in the first team was next, and Roberts impressed – maybe luck was finally going his way.
But it was not to be. Even though he scored a 25-yard screamer against Hull and a brace at Preston, Roberts was dropped. Even a show of good form could not get him game time.
A rare start for the ex-Walsall loanee came in the FA Cup on Sunday. Roberts would have felt he had a point to prove, and what better way to start that by scoring inside a minute.
But his excellent effort summed up the bad luck he’s had over the last 12 months, as the ball bounced off both posts. Had it gone in, Roberts may have given Bielsa a headache ahead of Friday’s clash against Derby.