By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

18th Nov, 2023 | 10:10am

Sky Sports pundit issues 'without a shadow of a doubt' Patrick Bamford guarantee at Leeds United

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 has a future at Leeds United and he will both play games and score goals this season “without a shadow of a doubt”, according to Paul Robinson.

The former Whites keeper is convinced the 30-year-old has an important role to play for Daniel Farke despite rarely starting so far as others have been successful.

Most recently Bamford was criticised for missing a crucial penalty in the 1-0 defeat at Stoke City soon after coming on as a substitute, but Sky Sports pundit Robinson is certain the striker will come through the difficult period.

Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, he said: “He’s just got to patient. The squad at Leeds is becoming so strong now. The amount players that they’ve got in the positions. 

“Goalscoring at the moment, with [Joel] Piroe, with [Georginio] Rutter, with Dan James and [Crysencio] Summerville, you look at the they’ve got and Patrick’s injury record hasn’t been great. 

“He’s not been given an opportunity this season because of the players who are doing well. In a successful team that happens.

“For him, getting the minutes under his belt, once he gets a goal then he’ll start scoring freely. 

“We say it so many times, the Championship is a long, hard season. Coming now into the winter, the clocks have gone back, it’s going to be Tuesday-Saturday, Tuesday-Saturday for quite a few weeks after this international break. 

“Players can’t play Tuesday-Saturday every week. Patrick Bamford is going to get his chance. 

“He’ll score goals and he will get a run of games in this team, without a shadow of a doubt.”

Nobody is keeping Rutter out of the team right now, and with goals coming from multiple sources the pressure to get Bamford in the team up front has been much-reduced this season.

Things still haven’t gone his way so far despite the change in circumstances, with it hard to avoid the conclusion that the Englishman is carrying the weight of some high-profile misses last season and the deplorable abuse he received as a result with him still.

One goal might be all it takes to free him up to then go on a run, and Robinson is confident that he is going to be able to do just that under Farke this year.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay says it is “nigh-on impossible” that a big-money Whites star plays for the club again.