Beckford believes Bamford offers Marcelo Bielsa’s side ‘so much’ in his all-round game. But the 28-year-old’s willingness to try his luck from in and around the box is an area he should improve. The striker has scored once in the league this term, netting from the six-yard area.
Bamford also only scored two of his 17 top-flight goals from outside the penalty area last season. Instead striking four within the six-yard box, and 11 from inside the area in general. He has not scored more from range since hitting three in 2013/14 while with Derby County.
The £35k-a-week star is reluctant to hit and hope, with just one shot from outside the box. That’s per WhoScored, who note only 12 of his 107 shots last term also came from range. Bamford’s selfish streak is the one area Beckford recommends the Leeds striker changes.
“My only thing for Patrick [to improve] would be to be a bit more selfish in the final-third,” Beckford said. “When he gets in and around the 18-yard box, take a shot every now and then, be a bit more selfish.”
Beckford full of praise for Leeds striker Bamford
While Beckford believes Bamford should be more selfish, the former Leeds striker is full of praise for the Whites’ #9. He voiced lavish praise for the 28-year-old’s all-round ability and what he offers at Elland Road beyond scoring goals.
Bamford is the spearhead of Bielsa’s plans and brings Leeds’ attacks together on the pitch at Elland Road. Leaving Beckford sure that the Whites’ £10m signing from Middlesbrough in 2018 deserved his recent England call-up.
“Patrick’s brilliant,” Beckford enthused. “We saw it last season in the Premier League and from a Leeds United perspective, we’ve seen it since he’s come in, since Marcelo Bielsa’s taken over. Everything Patrick offers to the club, he gives you a lot of work-rate, he’s very honest and he’s improving game-on-game.
“We’ve seen that in the last international break, where he was able to get his England call-up. It’s long overdue, and it’s well earned. He offers so, so much in terms of his movement, retaining possession, his consistent, constant energy.
“He vacates a lot of spaces, so he draws defenders out, which creates a lot of space for some of the wider players or Rodrigo, who plays in the #10 position, to exploit. Without him in the team, we don’t tend to see it as much. We still see it, but we don’t see it as much.”
Gareth Southgate handed Bamford his senior England debut during the Three Lions’ World Cup qualifier with Andorra earlier this month. The Leeds striker had not featured during an international game since representing the Young Lions back in November 2014.