Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United have been stumbling in the Championship in recent weeks.
BBC Sport pundit and Leeds United cult hero Noel Whelan has given his thoughts on Elland Road striker Patrick Bamford as the Whites continue to stumble in the Championship.
Marcelo Bielsa’s charges were tearing up the second tier up until mid-December but a loss of form has seen Leeds win just one of their last seven league games.
The Whites have scored more than one goal in just two of those seven, and have also not found the back of the net in their recent defeats to Sheffield Wednesday and Queens Park Rangers.
Bamford, meanwhile, has not scored since finding the back of the net in Leeds’ 2-1 defeat to Fulham last month, also missing a penalty against QPR last time out.
With Leeds’ previously sizeable position in the top two having dwindled to a mere three points, alarm bells have started ringing amongst the Elland Road faithful, fearing a repeat of last term.
On the plus side, Leeds have bolstered their attacking ranks, Jean-Kevin Augustin arriving on an initial loan from RB Leipzig (Leeds website), and Whelan is pleased with the reinforcements coming in to assist Bamford and the rest of the team.
“It’s no secret that we needed a striker in,” Whelan told BBC Sport. “I love Bamford for what he offers the team and how he has improved here, I think he’ll get to 20 goals this season, but he needs help.
“You can not go through a whole season with just one or two strikers in the Championship because it is such a demanding league.”