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Patrick Bamford has a “fight on his hands” to keep hold of his Leeds United starting spot despite scoring against Liverpool on Saturday, according to Paul Robinson.

Bamford, 27, scored the second Premier League goal of his career when he found the back of the net in Leeds’ 4-3 defeat at Anfield.

However, a goal in that match might not be enough for Bamford to solidify his spot in Marcelo Bielsa’s starting line-up with ex-Leeds goalkeeper Robinson claiming that Rodrigo will still be breathing down his neck.

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“It was an encouraging performance from the whole team,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

“Bamford got his goal in a fortunate way, which is good for him because, as we knew last year, he needed a lot of chances, his conversion rate wasn’t great but to get the goal in the first game will give him a huge amount of confidence.

“He’s got a fight on his hands to keep his jersey this year without a shadow of a doubt. But that’s a great start for him to get off the mark and score at Anfield as well.”

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Bamford ranked third for the number of shots on goal he had in the Championship last season [143] with only Said Benrahma [166] and Aleksandar Mitrovic [151] ahead of him, according to stats by WhoScored.

However, Bamford only scored 16 goals and ranked joint-sixth in the list of top goalscorers due to his inability to take the chances that were crafted for him.

But Bamford didn’t show that lack of cutting edge at Anfield.

He had one big chance – and he took it.

We want to see more of this from Bamford but we have to recognise that the clock is ticking on his time in the starting line-up due to Rodrigo’s club-record arrival from Valencia.

It’s understandable but the increased competition might have provided the boost that Bamford needed.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have set their sights on this Portuguese attacker.


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