Noel Whelan has claimed that the workrate of Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford is invaluable at Elland Road.

The BBC pundit claimed the efforts of Bamford are remarkable after Kalvin Phillips admitted that January signing Jean-Kevin Augustin needs extra work to match the fitness levels of the 26-year-old.

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Whelan admitted that Bamford will know he needs to score more goals in the Championship, but that everything else in his game is tremendous.

“He’s absolutely right, Kalvin, the pressing game that Patrick puts in is quite remarkable,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“The amount of work rate he does off the ball and how much it helps the side is invaluable.

“I’ve been on his side because I know how difficult it is to be a number nine at Leeds and he’s held himself very, very well. He knows he needs more goals – as a striker that’s all you want, that’s what you get paid to do – but his overall game outside of the box is tremendous.”

The comments of the former Whites forward could suggest that he believes that Bamford is undroppable at Elland Road at this moment in time.

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The pressure is certainly rising on Bamford, who will get another chance to lead the line against Bristol City. Augustin has come off the bench in back-to-back games now, and Football Insider has reported that the Frenchman is nearing the fitness levels expected of him by Marcelo Bielsa.

Bamford has been averaging 3.5 shots on goal per game according to WhoScored but has still only scored 12 goals in 31 appearances. That is a goal nearly every three games meaning it almost takes him nine shots to score once.

We all know that everything apart from his finishing is top-notch, and Whelan clearly suggests that he could be undroppable – something a striker can not be if they struggle to finish.

In other Leeds United news, Jeff Stelling & Matt Le Tissier have predicted the score in the Leeds v Bristol City clash


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