Patrick Bamford had a game to forget against Sheffield United but his performance was a worrying insight into a wider problem for Leeds United.

The issue is the lack of Plan B option in attack, which fortunately has not hindered us too much this season.

That is mainly because Marcelo Bielsa has got Plan A spot on consistently throughout the campaign, and indeed his tenure as a whole.

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However, as opposition managers learn more about our game they will understand the best methods to stop our attack, and nullify Bamford.

Of course we back Bielsa to out-tactic most of his counterparts, but if we are to qualify for Europe we will have to turn draws into wins and the best way to do that is to come up with multiple scoring strategies.

And adding a new striker to the squad is essential.

Bielsa is very selective with his front-man and that is why he sticks by Bamford.

Along with goals, Bamford provides great hold-up play and links with teammates like Raphinha and Jack Harrison very effectively – any new signing may have to meet the same criteria.

However, against Sheffield United Bamford did not really manage that and in fact he had very little influence on proceedings.

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Per SofaScore, the 27-year-old had just one shot on target and managed just 21 touches. Meslier, by comparison, had 31 touches.

He was presented with a big chance, which he missed, and Bamford even had no role in either of our goals, which is rare.

It is possible it was just an off game, or Bamford was struggling with fitness after missing most of training for the last two weeks.

Regardless of the issue, when Bamford does underperform Leeds must have an alternative option on the bench to call upon.

Rodrigo replaced Bamford on Saturday but he is not the answer up-front – he has played there just four times for the Whites.

Signing a striker who can make an impact as a substitute will pose a different threat for us in tight matches.

An injection of pace or strength can disrupt any defence and if we had that option against Sheffield United we may have won more comfortably.

In other Leeds United news, a finance expert has shared an update on the dispute with RB Leipzig over Jean-Kevin Augustin deal.


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