Exclusive: Paul Robinson – Leeds 26y/o must raise his game v Blackburn

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

Paul Robinson has said that it’s up to Patrick Bamford to prove that he can start scoring the goals that Leeds need following an injury to Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah.

Bielsa had said that Bamford was carrying a knock ahead of the QPR game last week, with Nketiah expected to get his first league start of the season.

It ended up flip-flopping the other way, with Nketiah picking up an injury in training which will likely keep him out for the next few weeks.

Bamford proved his fitness and started but blanked again in the 2-0 win. That’s the 10th game for him without scoring, a barren run that goes back to August.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Patrick Bamford is going to have to raise his game because he’s not scored since August and that’s the fact.

“If you’re going to get promoted, you need the players to score the goals.

“Leeds’ problem is nothing new, we’ve talked about it so many times – dominate possession, dominate games, don’t score enough goals.

“Last Saturday was the first time they scored two goals at home all season and that’s not the form of a team that will go up automatically.

“It’s a problem that the manager’s got. If in January Nketiah does go [back to Arsenal] or he’s not fit, they have to have a backup plan.”

Robinson added that Leeds were lucky to have Bamford for the game against QPR – “Bamford was out injured, I don’t think he trained all week. I think he trained on the Thursday for the first time” – but with no fresh issues reported by Bielsa in his press conference, he looks set to lead the line again against Blackburn.

The game kicks off at Elland Road at 3pm on Saturday.

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