Alan Shearer: Leeds United missing striker after Newcastle loss
Alan Shearer believes it is ‘obvious’ that Leeds United are missing a central striker after they were beaten 1-0 by Newcastle on Saturday.
Leeds fell to a defeat thanks to a Jonjo Shelvey free-kick in the second half, making it just 22 points from 21 games so far this season.
It’s another game where the Whites have struggled to find the back of the net despite creating chances, with Patrick Bamford missing once again with a foot injury.
While analysing the performance on BBC Match of the Day, the Premier League’s all-time top scorer said he felt ‘there’s no doubt about it’ when asked if Leeds were missing a central striker.
“There’s no doubt about it [missing a striker],” said Shearer.
“Obviously they’re missing Bamford. They miss that presence in and around the six-yard box. Just to get that scruffy little goal.
“There’s nobody there in that position just to put the ball into the back of the net.”
Another game gone, another game where Leeds desperately miss Bamford.
Last season’s top scorer has been restricted to just six appearances this season and Raphinha remains the only player in the squad to score more than four times this season.
The only player to even hit four other than the Brazilian is Jack Harrison, and three of those came in the same game against West Ham.
Leeds have scored just 24 goals in 21 games so far and while they have a seven point gap between themselves and the drop zone right now, they have played more games than three of the teams below them in the table.
Bielsa needs to address this big problem in the squad, because as simple as it sounds, you can’t win games if you can’t score goals. They have the talent, they just need to start performing.