By Mark Smith

11th Feb, 2020 | 11:15am

Chris Sutton labels Leeds 'one-trick' pony, claims senior figure hasn't learned his lesson

Chris Sutton has labelled Leeds United a one-trick pony this season, claiming that they rely on Patrick Bamford too much.

The BBC pundit admitted that promotion rivals West Brom’s recruitment has been superb compared to the Whites, who are lacking in options in the final third once again.

Sutton went on to claim that this is the fault of Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road, who hasn’t learned his lesson from last season’s collapse.

“Can I tell you the difference between West Brom and Leeds? Leeds have Bamford, I know they’ve got Augustin now, but you look at West Brom and the options they have up-front. Robson-Kanu, Zohore, Charlie Austin, they have goals in their team,” he told BBC 5Live.

“Their recruitment, I think, has been superb, Ayaji from Rotherham, they’ve got Grosicki in, they seem to have the strength in depth. The argument against Leeds is that they’re a one-trick pony up-front, that’s their issue, Bamford has lost his form and that’s going to cost them.

“The manager has to take responsibility for that. He should’ve learnt his lessons from what happened last season when they came up short but clearly he hasn’t.”

It is hard to disagree with Sutton. We all know that Bielsa is way too stubborn for his own good, and Leeds have been way too short on their options.

Bamford and Augustin haven’t been together too long so their goal tally for the season remains at 12. Compare that to West Brom strikers, who together have a combined total of 18. That doesn’t sound too much, but add in their wingers and that goes up to an impressive 37.

One of the biggest problems at Elland Road has been spreading the goals around. Pablo Hernandez, Mateusz Klich, and Kemar Roofe all hit double figures with Bamford in the last campaign, compare that to this season and no one else is anywhere near that total.

If Leeds fail once again to reach the Premier League, all eyes will be on Bielsa. There would be little to zero chance of him staying around if that main goal isn’t achieved.

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