By George Overhill

20th Oct, 2022 | 12:10pm

Patrick Bamford a long way off for Leeds United as Paul Robinson shares star concern

Patrick Bamford is “desperate” to score his 100th senior goal but the Leeds United striker is a long way from his best, according to Paul Robinson.

The Whites number nine has scored 99 times in his career but hasn’t found the net since 5 December last year in a 2-2 draw with Brentford, amid near-constant injury set backs.

Those problems have continued into the new season, although luck isn’t shining on him either as glorious opportunities have gone begging for him to break his drought in the 5-2 defeat against the opponents he last scored against (3 September), and against Arsenal on Sunday (15 October), and Robinson believes it is weighing on his mind.

The ex-England number one told The Sun: “They’ve been so reliant on Patrick but he’s got a long way to go to get back to the level we know he can play at. 

“He looks like he’s lacking that cutting edge. He’s been stuck on 99 goals since last December so is desperate to get that goal – it will be playing on his mind.”

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All strikers want to score goals and so there is no way of dressing up the fact that Bamford is struggling currently, despite showing positive signs when he is available.

Jesse Marsch has shown that he wants the 29-year-old as his central striker whenever he can call on him, but for all that he offers in terms of shape and link-up play, he needs goals.

It surely will be playing on his mind considering he missed the target entirely from the penalty spot at Elland Road at the weekend, while having one ruled out for a push, and missed an open goal at Brentford by somehow managing to shoot backwards.

But it is no surprise given the injury problems he has endured repeatedly over the past year, which would have affected his confidence whether he was scoring or not.

It is likely that he will get continued opportunities as long as he can remain fit, since he is clearly Marsch’s preferred option.

The game at struggling Leicester on Thursday night (20 October) has to be in his sights as a major chance to end this sequence, and if he can do that then perhaps a much-needed run – for him and the team – can follow.

In other Leeds United news, Adam Pope has highlighted a “major concern” for the Whites after what he’s seen recently.