Marcelo Bielsa reacts to Patrick Bamford's Leeds performance

Marcelo Bielsa the head coach

Patrick Bamford had a morning to forget for Leeds United today.

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford in action during the Pre-season Friendly match between York City and Leeds United on July 10, 2019 in York, England.

Marcelo Bielsa has reacted to Patrick Bamford's performance for Leeds United today.

The Whites rounded off their tour of Australia with a 2-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers.

Mateusz Bogusz opened the scoring for the visitors, before a wonderful solo effort from Pablo Hernandez spared United's blushes in the final moments.

It should never have been that dramatic - and wouldn't have been had misfiring Bamford scored some of the chances that fell his way.

 

The 25-year-old missed one particularly gilt-edged opportunity in the second half when he couldn't convert Jack Harrison's teasing cross from five yards out.

It's been a difficult pre-season for the former Middlesbrough star so far, and Bielsa believes it's important for his confidence that he finds the net sooner or later.

"For a striker it is very important they create chances. At the same time, for his confidence it is important he finally finishes these chances and scores," he told Leeds Live.

Marcelo Bielsa manager of OPlympique de Marseille during the 'Panchina D'oro season 2013-2014' on March 9, 2015 in Florence, Italy.

"One of the first steps for a forward is it is important he creates a chance and makes steps in his performance in the pre-season and finally he scores goals."

Bamford didn't have a successful end to last season and it's possible that his current form is a knock-on effect of everything that went on in the final weeks of the campaign.

In addition to not scoring, the Leeds striker was also hit with a two-game ban for his theatrics against Aston Villa and wound up missing the first leg of the playoff semi-final defeat by Derby County.

The Elland Road side face Cagliari in their final pre-season friendly next Saturday, before then gearing up to face Bristol City at Ashton Gate in their Championship opener on August 4.

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford challenges Millwall's David Martin during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Millwall at Elland Road on March 30, 2019 in Leeds, England.

 

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