MOT View: 20y/o adds much-needed zest - 3 things learned about Leeds v QPR
It was back to business for Leeds United on Saturday. The Whites welcomed Queens Park Rangers to Elland Road and dominated the entire game.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side scored either side of half-time to secure a 2-0 victory, with Tyler Roberts and Jack Harrison claiming the goals in West Yorkshire.
Leeds jumped back to the top of the Championship with all three points, and it was fully deserved after their commanding display.
Here are the big talking points from Elland Road…
1. Roberts adds much-needed zest in final third
The Welsh international returned to the starting line-up for the first time this season, and he was phenomenal in-behind Patrick Bamford. The 20-year-old was influential in the final third and was at the heart of most things positive for Leeds. Roberts made many opportunities for his teammates and would have added an assist if Bamford wasn’t offside for his header. His pace and flair caused problems for the Queens Park Rangers defence all afternoon, and his reward was his first goal of the season. It was a beautifully calm finish into the bottom corner, just sidefooting home from the edge of the box after a pull back from Harrison. The Welshman could be the difference between promotion and the playoffs this season.
2. Harrison silences the critics once again
In a week when the Manchester City loanee claimed he wanted to score more goals, he did just that against QPR. The winger also set up the first goal for Roberts in the first half, and that was his fourth assist in the past five games for the Whites, as he finally starts to excel out wide. Naming his strongest wingers in the side will have been a headache for Bielsa, especially with the return to the bench for Pablo Hernandez, but Harrison more than proved that he needs to be in the team moving forward.
3. Bamford is getting closer
Football is a confidence game, and no one will know that more than Bamford at this moment in time. The forward hasn’t scored since August, and he did everything but find the back of the net against Mark Warburton’s side on Saturday. His offside goal was just rotten luck, and he did everything right in other chances and was simply denied by great defending. Eddie Nketiah is certainly knocking on the door, but Bamford’s performance against QPR certainly means he should be given the nod again next time out, he was excellent when pressing the opposition. That defensive effort goes out of the window when Nketiah is in the side, and we believe Bamford must keep his spot.
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