Leeds' Patrick Bamford could silence critics in major way

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United could still have a major asset in the form of Patrick Bamford.

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford battles with Wigan Athletic's Reece James during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Wigan Athletic at Elland Road on April 19, 2019 in...

Patrick Bamford isn't the most popular player among Leeds United fans at the moment.

The Leeds hitman had a poor end to the 2018-19 campaign which did nothing for their automatic promotion hopes, and somewhat embarrassed the club with his theatrics in that game against Aston Villa.

As a result, quite a lot of the Elland Road faithful have lost faith in the 25-year-old, but he could still be a major asset for United.

It's easy to forget, but Bamford had not one but two relatively lengthy absences through injury last season.

 

From August 31 until February 2, he played half-an-hour of football for Marcelo Bielsa's side in any competition and still managed to finish the season with nine goals in 16 starts.

It isn't a brilliant return, but this is a player who could be lethal over the course of a full season. In fact, he has a better goals-by-minute ratio than Kemar Roofe, a much more popular figure among Whites supporters.

It's also worth noting that he has improved under Bielsa. Last season, he scored once every 160 minutes. During his last season with Middlesbrough, he averaged one goal every 192 minutes.

Bamford, who cost £7 million last summer [The Daily Mail], isn't an outstanding goalscorer in comparison to those in the Premier League, but in the Championship he could be exceptional with a bit more luck on the injury front and there's no doubt that he deserves a second season.

Patrick Bamford of Leeds United holds off challenge by Craig Dawson of West Bromwich Albion to score his sides second goal past goalkeeper Sam Johnstone during the Sky Bet Championship...

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