Patrick Bamford’s goalscoring drought continued at the weekend as he went a fifth game for Leeds United without a goal.
The 26-year-old is among the leading scorers in the Championship with 12 goals in 33 appearances but he has only found the back of the net in one of his last 11 outings across all competitions.
Despite his struggles in front of goal, Marcelo Bielsa has stuck by Bamford even though Jean-Kevin Augustin is at the club and seems more ready than ever to finally earn a spot in Leeds’ starting line-up.
Bamford’s form has understandably led to concerns from sections of Elland Road with some fans ripping him to shreds for his performance in the 1-0 win against Reading on Saturday.
Even though it was a very positive result for the Whites that confirmed they are back on track in their bid for automatic promotion, Bamford was unable to avoid criticism on social media and there have been growing calls for him to be dropped.
However, ahead of the clash against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night, dropping the under-fire forward could be a mistake.
Not only does Bamford need to be starting matches in order to revitalise his form, doing so against his former club Middlesbrough could be the best game for him to do it in.
As we have seen so many times in the past with players, they usually tend to perform better when playing against their former clubs and Bamford is no exception.
When Boro visited Elland Road earlier this season, the 26-year-old put in one of his best performances in a Leeds shirt as he scored in a 4-0 win at Elland Road.
WhoScored rated Bamford’s performance on that day as his third-best of the campaign as he scored and hit the target with all five of his efforts at goal.
Leeds need Bamford to be that clinical again this week when they travel to The Riverside to take on Jonathan Woodgate’s side.
Boro are one of those teams that you do not quite know what you’re going to get with so having a striker who is hitting the target consistently is bound to help out in terms of getting a result.
Yes, Augustin is there and waiting to start if Bamford’s woes continue but there is a chance for the former Chelsea striker to win over Leeds’ supporters if he can get on the scoresheet on Wednesday night.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has reported that another Leeds starter suffered an injury on Saturday against Reading.