Darren Bent is adamant that Patrick Bamford will start up front for Leeds United in every match for the rest of the season.

Bamford, 26, has scored just two goals since the start of 2020 and even both of those came in the same match.

Tyler Roberts staked his claim to take Bamford’s starting spot last week when he came off the bench at Hull to equal the striker’s scoring record for the year by bagging a brace.

Jean-Kevin Augustin is also an option for Leeds once he recovers from his hamstring injury but the on-loan RB Leipzig forward is yet to start a match for the Yorkshire giants.

When discussing whether Bamford should be dropped by Marcelo Bielsa after Roberts’ two-goal cameo at the KCOM Stadium, Bent claimed that the ex-Chelsea striker is someone who is too key to the way Leeds play to be missing out.

“Listen, it was two good goals he scored, two good goals, but for whatever reason Bamford is Bielsa’s guy,” the Sky Sports pundit told Football Insider.

“However you want to look at it, Bielsa loves him. Now I don’t mind Bamford, I know a lot of people give him a lot of criticism because he doesn’t score enough goals or that he misses a lot of chances but he works so hard for that team.

“He’s one of those players that if you ask his teammates, they’d say they’d miss him because he works hard, puts a shift in, does a lot of running, shuts people down and he does chip in with the odd goal.

“For me, Bamford from now until the end of the season is going to start but Tyler Roberts is pushing him.”

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Bielsa’s bound to stick with Bamford over anyone else.

While Bamford was in better goalscoring form in the first half of the season, Eddie Nketiah was still unable to take his starting spot off him until he was injured in December.

Bamford is Bielsa’s guy.

Yes, he’s there to score goals but that’s not all it’s about when playing as the centre-forward in Bielsa’s system and it’s good to see that Bent can see that.


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