What an embarrassment Patrick Bamford was at the weekend. His theatrics were about as much as we saw of him against Aston Villa, and many fans must be calling for him to leave. With that in mind, Malik Wilks would be the perfect replacement.
The 20-year-old is on loan at Doncaster in League One and he’s shone this season. He’s scored 16 goals and made nine assists in all competitions. He offers the complete opposite to Bamford and that’d be a breath of fresh air at Elland Road.
He’s consistent in front of goal and offers pace mixed with a hunger and desire to help the team. Wouldn’t that be nice?
That’s exactly what Marcelo Bielsa is looking for in a forward, having rued missed chances this season. Famously, his system obviously needs a high-energy striker to create spaces for his attacking midfielders to exploit.
When his loan ends in the summer, he should be tried and tested on the pre-season tour and then given an opportunity in the first-team to see if he can better Bamford’s efforts.
Frankly, that wouldn’t be hard considering some of his recent performances.
He’d be given more patience by the Leeds fans, and knows exactly what it means to pull on that white strip. His work rate would get Elland Road on its feet alone, nevermind his goal-scoring record. He’d be perfect if Leeds don’t secure promotion this season.
Bamford just hasn’t been good enough in this key part of the campaign to warrant a secure place in next season starting 11. Bringing in Wilks would add more excitement and dynamism to a side that’s on the brink of making history.
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