Bamford: I can play with Nketiah
So far this season, all the talk has been about which of the two strikers will play in Marcelo Bielsa’s 4-1-4-1 system.
Patrick Bamford has won the argument in the Championship so far but Nketiah must be nudging towards a start, especially after the 1-0 defeat to Swansea last weekend.
Perhaps Bamford realises this and said today that he can see a system that incorporates both him and the Arsenal loanee.
Bamford was at St James’ Hospital today doing community work and was asked by Leeds.Live if he thought he could play alongside Nketiah.
“I think so,” Bamford said. “He’s played across, I think before he came here, he’s played across the whole front three so he’s not just a striker.
“He can play number nine, number seven, number 11. You saw last year only briefly that me and [Kemar] Roofe sometimes played together. I know it was hard with both of us being injured.
“I think the only time we’ve really played together was Brentford, when he came on and scored, but I think that whole game – one striker against three centre-backs – makes it difficult.
“For his goal, having two strikers up there automatically takes away the focus, they can’t just focus on one of you. Eddie was then free to score so I think it has its positives and in certain systems, having two strikers works. But we just believe in what the gaffer wants, we believe in everything he does.”
Can we see Bielsa playing two strikers against Barnsley. In a word, no. Bielsa has a system, it works and it involves playing a single striker. Nketiah could play in a different position but we’re not short of wide players and Nketiah has looked his best in the box.
He scored a tap-in to win the game against Brentford and we’d like to see him get the chance to lead the line in the Championship. Sorry, Patrick.