JUST IN : A former Leeds United defender-turned-media pundit has publicly rebuked Connor Roberts for a “woeful” showing as a substitute to the team this biting criticism may serve as a wake-up call for both players and management alike


Former Leeds United player Jon Newsome has strongly criticized Connor Roberts’ performance after coming off the bench in the playoff final against Southampton at Wembley.

Roberts replaced Glen Kamara in the 73rd minute, leading to a tactical change with Archie Gray moving to midfield and Roberts taking over at right-back. However, this substitution failed to yield the desired results, and Newsome was scathing in his assessment of Roberts’ impact on the game.

Speaking on BBC Radio Leeds, Newsome stated, “He’s been woeful since he’s come on, Connor Roberts. All he’s done is give the ball away.” Roberts’ introduction was intended to enhance Leeds’ attacking threat, but he failed to make a positive impact, managing only 0.04 expected assists and winning just one of his five ground duels at a rate of 20% (according to FotMob). Additionally, his passing accuracy was a mere 58%, completing just seven of his 12 attempted passes.

Leeds’ failure to win promotion to the Premier League means they now face significant financial implications, which could potentially mean Roberts has played his last game for the club.

Newsome’s criticism highlights the disappointing impact of Roberts’ substitution, which failed to improve Leeds’ chances in the crucial playoff final.

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