Pundit details Patrick Bamford 'problem' at Leeds United
Carlton Palmer has pointed the finger at Patrick Bamford for the scoring problems at Leeds United and claimed he hasn’t gotten over his injury problems.
Leeds currently find themselves on a seven-game winless streak in the Premier League, and Jesse Marsch is under huge pressure to turn things around.
The American coach has hugely improved the Whites’ defensive record, but goals have gone missing for Leeds, and Palmer believes that has a lot to do with Bamford.
Speaking to talkSPORT (23 October, 8:41am), the former Leeds midfielder said: “They’ve conceded 15 goals which is a lot, but not insurmountable.
“The problem is they’ve only scored 11 goals and Bamford has been plagued by injuries for the last two seasons.
“He was integral under (Marcelo) Bielsa, hasn’t really hit those heights, I don’t think he’s got over those injury problems.
“He’s not really got back to his best yet and unless Leeds can start scoring goals, they’re going to have a problem.”
Leeds have to stop hoping that Bamford will suddenly rediscover the form that saw him score 17 goals in the 2020/21 season.
The Whites were a completely different side back then and were still bouncing from their long-awaited Premier League promotion.
But Bamford has shown in the last two seasons that he’s simply unable to replicate those numbers each season. His finishing is too inconsistent and his composure in front of goal is often lacking.
Rodrigo started brightly this season but has been forced back to accommodate Bamford going back up top by dropping back into midfield.
It’s a decision that has severely cost the side in goals, and Marsch may not even be awarded enough time to bring in a new striker in January.
He made it a priority area to address in the summer and was let down by the board who missed out on his top two targets. Wilfried Gnonto eventually came in to reinforce the squad but he’s hardly ready to play first-team football every week.
If Marsch does get the sack, Bamford will be the one feeling most guilty.
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