By Pranav Shahaney

18th Oct, 2022 | 9:40pm

Patrick Bamford may have gone from being the best goal scorer at Leeds United in the first Premier League season back up to a liability.

Apart from his injuries, he no longer seems to be a lethal finisher who massively outperformed his xG in the 2020/21 campaign under Marcelo Bielsa.

He now seems to be a shadow of his lethal self and far from being in contention to make the England squad, having been called up by Gareth Southgate in the past.

He’s got the third highest Expected Goals (xG) of any player in the league per 90 minutes but is not managing to get the actual goals for it. [Squawka]

Bamford has played 300 minutes of football this term and is yet to find the back of the net or even provide an assist.

This is reminiscent of his performances in the Championship when he bagged 13 goals from an xG of more than twice that number.

At 29, the chances that he’ll turn things around are bleak and Jesse Marsch could eventually look to axe him once a top-drawer striker is signed by the club.

Rodrigo also seems to be past his prime and it does not look like any of the reserve players are quite ready to step up and deliver week in and week out.

What’s worrying about Bamford is that he’s averaging four shots every 90 minutes and is still struggling to find the back of the net and while he’s still recovering completely from his injury, Leeds cannot afford to just keep spurring chances like this.

In other Leeds United news, Karen Carney has made a “Huge” admission ahead of the major relegation six-pointer against Leicester City later this week.