Many Leeds United fans have been reacting on social media, after LUFC Data shared a stat highlighting just how few goals we have scored in our recent Championship fixtures.
The turn of the year has not been kind to the Whites, as boss Marcelo Bielsa has only seen the club score four times in our last six second-tier matches.
One of those four goals also came via an own goal from West Bromwich Albion’s Semi Ajayi, when the Baggies centre-half equalised for us following his own strike having opened the scoring just two minutes into the New Year’s Day clash.
Having Ajayi find the net for us means United have actually only scored in one of our last six league fixtures, with Sheffield Wednesday, Queens Park Rangers, Wigan Athletic and most recently Nottingham Forest able to record clean sheets against us.
Bielsa has not seen the players struggle to fashion chances to break the goal line in recent weeks, though, as United recorded ten shots against West Brom, 14 at home to the Owls, 17 at QPR, 28 against Millwall, 19 at home to Wigan and penned 13 at the City Ground on Saturday as we lost to Forest, per WhoScored data from the respective fixtures.
Fashioning shots, then, has not been an issue, but what has been a problem in recent weeks is directing our efforts on target.
Only two of our ten shots at the Hawthorns were on target, while five of our 14 against the Owls, three of our 17 at QPR, 11 of our 28 against Millwall, five of 19 against Wigan and one of 13 at Forest found the target.
Should Bamford start at Brentford?
Patrick Bamford has often been responsible for most of our shots, with the 26-year-old taking three at West Brom following his half-time introduction and four against Sheffield Wednesday, six at QPR, nine against Millwall, seven against Wigan and one against Forest.
The Grantham-born striker only scored against Millwall, though, while missing the target with two of his strikes at West Brom, two against the Owls, four at QPR, six against Millwall, four against Wigan and with his only effort against Forest.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Leeds players only scoring in one of our last six league games, including from one fan who suggested the stat highlights ‘relegation’ worthy form…
How can the management leave a striker on at halftime when we did not have a single shot on target.
Then Bamford is still on for another 26 minutes.
But it’s not just Bamford who let us down today. They should have stayed in Leeds. It was embarrassing to watch.
— M Melville (@MMelville9) February 8, 2020
Should have started Eddie a bit more he would have stayed and he scores goals
— Chunky (@Chun_ky) February 9, 2020
Relegation form. Thank the Lord we have 50 points.
— rossomonza (@petermckinley3) February 8, 2020
Add that to the terrible stat that we have only scored in 1 game of the previous 10 in the first half (Birmingam). The wheels have well and truely come off.
— Gee Of OoO (@MrGumbOoO) February 8, 2020
Thanks for that Sherlock
— James Gibson (@Jimmypeak62) February 8, 2020
Too many other teams in good form and scoring for fun – I wouldn’t even bet on the play offs at the moment. Sad times (again)!
— Corny (@MarkCornfield) February 8, 2020
Maybe it will suit us Less pressure on us to keep top 2 might be a blessing 🤷♀️ or we could turn Brentford over 🤷♀️ or we could bottle it 🤷♀️
— Joe (@Rhino12344) February 8, 2020
Have conceded first in last 7 games adds to the pressure. Defensively we are gone altogether. However we will still go up automatically #mot
— Brian Moore (@BrianMoore6) February 8, 2020
Bamford is totally shot. I honestly think he would struggle in the u23’s to be a clinical striker. Needs removing from the first team. At best come of the bench in the last 10 mins
— Lee Knight (@leeknight180) February 8, 2020
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