Leeds United must sell Patrick Bamford as shocking stats emerge
Leeds United need a striker in January, and everyone including Jesse Marsch, Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani know it after the way this season has gone.
Scoring goals hasn’t been the biggest problem this season, as they have managed to his 22 goals in 14 games so far this season with those strikes shared out well amongst the squad behind Rodrigo who has hit nine on his own.
But there are huge concerns around how Patrick Bamford has performed over the last 18 months, and it’s those worries that lead to the club needing to make an investment in the coming window.
Bamford was once again missing from the squad when Leeds were beaten 4-3 by Tottenham on Saturday (12 November), with Rodrigo scoring twice and Crysencio Summerville netting his fourth in four games.
Missing that game is important for Bamford though, because it has brought to light two truly unexpected and unforgivable stats for someone who is widely considered as the first-choice number nine at the club.
Bamford is so far yet to score a single goal in any competition in the calendar year of 2022, and it’s also going to be more than 18 months since the 29-year-old managed to complete 90 minutes in a game by the time Leeds next take to the field according to Phil Hay.
Now granted, he has missed a lot of time during those 18 months through injury, but that adds to the concern even more.
He cannot stay fit, and when he is fit he isn’t capable of playing a full game anyway, or at least affecting it enough where the manager doesn’t feel as though he needs to make a chance.
For someone considered to be the centre-piece of the attack, that is simply unacceptable and Leeds have to scrap the sentiment behind him and move him on to create space for someone they can rely on.
More goals are needed to keep this club out of a relegation battle, but having options that are simply available more often than they aren’t would be an upgrade on Bamford at this point.
The January window is going to be huge for the Whites, and they must make big decisions but importantly they must get them right.
Moving Bamford on and bringing in a top level operator who can be relied upon to stay fit and find the back of the net would be the right thing to do for the club, and Bamford can be remembered for who he was at his best rather than what he is becoming at his worst.