By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

27th Oct, 2023 | 4:10pm

Daniel Farke told to start Patrick Bamford in Leeds United showdown v Huddersfield

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United …

Patrick Bamford should get a start at Leeds United after his impressive stats from the bench this season, according to Paul Robinson.

Having appeared in all five of Leeds’ last Championship clashes from the bench, the recently-injured Bamford has put up some impressive numbers. Per FBRef, Bamford has the best shots on target rate in the Leeds squad this season (3.10per 90), while also producing 6.21 shot-creating actions per 90.

Due to Bamford’s relative lack of minutes, these stats are slightly unbalanced, but do show that the Englishman is a prolific shooter and given a longer run in a game could certainly get the goals for Farke.

Robinson, while praising the quality of regular forwards Joel Piroe and Georginio Rutter, insisted that Bamford get a start, while the attacking options at the manager’s disposal give him a wanted selection “headache”.

Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “I think the manager has a problem that he wants. He wants them fit and playing well, creating chances and scoring goals.

“Piroe has done that and has been excellent since he’s come in. The relationship that he’s got with Rutter has been excellent to watch and now with Patrick coming back into the fold, it gives the manager a problem.

“Regardless of who plays, they’re a very, very strong squad. Whether it’s Piroe and Rutter, Piroe and Bamford. Patrick’s come off the bench [in the last five games] and his stats would suggest that he deserves a start at some point.

“But this is the headache the manager wants. If you want to get out the Championship, you’ve got to have a strong squad for the duration of the season.”

In other Leeds United news, Lee Hendrie was in an on-air rant after he was left baffled by a Farke decision in the Whites’ first half against Stoke.