By David Woods

6th Mar, 2020 | 5:00pm

MOT Tactics: xG of 0 – the shocking stat that proves star must be axed for Leeds v Huddersfield

Leeds United beat Hull 4-0 last weekend and Patrick Bamford ended the game with an xG of 0.

It’s pretty hard to get an xG of precisely zero as a striker. Not 0.1 or even 0.01 – zero.

It’s only the second time Bamford has hit an xG of 0 since August 2018. The other was in the 2-1 defeat against Millwall last October. [WyScout]

He’s in a slump and he doesn’t seem to be able to find a way out of it.

Yes, he offers more to Leeds than just goals – but that’s just as well. He’s only scored in one game in the last 13 he’s played in across all competitions.

Tyler Roberts only had an xG of 0.41 and had two shots on target but he was on the pitch for less than half an hour and he scored twice.

That might be unsustainable but it shows a hunger and the sort of confidence that Leeds really need at the moment.

It’s unlikely to be enough to get Roberts a start but it should be.

His first against Hull finished off an absolutely breathtaking move from Leeds, that started deep in their own defence.

When Mateusz Klich decided to lay the ball off rather than shoot himself, it looked like Stuart Dallas (on the left above) was the favourite to make the shot.

Roberts had other ideas and steamed in to take it off his feet and finish smartly.

Roberts’ second was a brilliant header but it’s what happened before that made the goal so special.

With Klich looking to make a progressive pass, Roberts peeled off the shoulder of his defender and pointed to exactly where he wanted the ball delivered.

Klich put a delightful cross in leaving Roberts to get his second with a brilliant diving header back across the keeper.

This is something we just haven’t seen from Bamford for a long time now and it provides a glimpse of how many goals Leeds could have scored this season had they had a finisher like Aleksandar Mitrovic up top.

Scoring two from an xG of 0.41 might not be sustainable but Roberts was only on the pitch for 27 minutes – less than half the time Bamford was on for.

Having Roberts off the bench is fine if needed, but Bamford can think himself lucky that he’s got such a fan in Bielsa.

We can’t think of many other managers who would stay so loyal.

In other Leeds United news, Matt Le Tissier & Jeff Stelling predict score in Leeds v Huddersfield clash