Date: 24th September 2019 at 12:30pm
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Hopefully everyone has calmed down a little bit after the disappointment that was the weekend.

There is one man however who played a big part in the weekend, that I want to talk about and that’s Patrick Bamford. He has been getting a bit of a rough going from some sections of the Leeds United fan base, but he’s been getting some praise from the members of the media for his efforts.

Speaking in his column for The Daily Mirror, Ian Holloway said:

“I really like the look of Leeds. That might sound obvious, but I think their manager has already proved he knows what he’s doing. Obviously they lost Kemar Roofe, one of their main goalscorers, but Patrick Bamford has stepped up and they’ve looked great so far.”

Whilst Bamford might be on a little bit of a goal drought at the moment, I feel that we shouldn’t be criticising him and getting on his back based solely off just on his goal return.

He takes it a little bit beyond what I have been saying with Jack Harrison, who has the work rate and energy but doesn’t quite have the statistics to back it up. Patrick Bamford has got all of them going for him. He has got four goals so far this season, and doing his best to get the team in a great position to score/win the game.

Take a look at his run against Derby late on Saturday, whilst that might only show up on a stats sheet as ‘fouls drawn’, the fact is that he won a penalty, and given that he’s our top scorer in the league, probably should have taken it, shows that you need to look beyond the statistics. Whilst you can be good at one and bad at the other, like the aforementioned Harrison, ideally you want both, and that’s what Bamford has got.

What about you? Have you been happy with how well Bamford has been doing so far this season? Or do you think there is room for improvement?

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3 Replies to “When it comes to Bamford, we need to look beyond the goal return for his true value – Opinion”

  • The fact is that none of the Leeds players are scoring at Elland Road at present but the only one who is getting criticised and targeted for this is Bamford . His general play is outstanding and many of the chances that he is criticised for missing only come about because of his work. it was also noticeable that Derby came much more into the game after Bamford went off and while it mightn’t have been the only reason Nketiah for all his other qualities doesn’t offer the same outlet in terms of hold up play. The negativity from a section of the support is clearly affecting Bamfords confidence when it comes to goalscoring particularly at home and that pressure is also impacting the rest of the team only there. Play Bamford at Charlton because if he gets a goal there he will go on another goalscoring streak and that’s what we need.

  • how can you say you have to look beyond Bamford scoring goals that is what he’s in the team to do as a one man attack.not miss open goals from 4 yards out.

  • Bamford needs 10 excellent chances to score, if he took more than 1 chance he would be in double figures. Most strikers would have double figures if they played in this Leeds team. Harrison wouldn’t get in the local Sunday team with those crosses and look at his scoring rate!!!!
    Get real

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