Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has highlighted the one thing he values in centre-forward Patrick Bamford.
According to the Argentine, while he wants the former Middlesbrough man to be more clinical in front of goal, he’s happy that the 26-year-old ‘is in good condition to score’ (via Yorkshire Evening Post). Bamford was substituted to a standing ovation during the win over Bristol City as his dry spell in front of goal continued.
Getting in the positions to score goals isn’t good enough and Bielsa’s praise of the forward is incredibly strange. The club have struggled as a direct result of Bamford’s incompetence in front of goal and to laud him rather than hold him accountable sends the wrong message to the squad.
At the beginning of the year, statistics gathered by LUFC Data showed that the £5.4m-rated, as per Transfermarkt, striker had the worst xG rate of the top 28 goalscorers in the Championship (-7.22). Since then he hasn’t improved, missing a plethora of chances in the games against Wigan Athletic and Queens Park Rangers. His display against the west London outfit proved to be incredibly costly as he missed a penalty in a 1-0 loss.
Should the club miss out on promotion to the Premier League, the former Marseille coach’s stubbornness with regards to replacing underperforming players will have harmed the club the most. Bamford isn’t the only player benefitting from the Argentine’s poor decisions with Kiko Casilla having been given a role in the side despite the fact the Spaniard has made five errors leading to goals since the collapse against Cardiff City.
The club’s season rests on the shoulders of Bielsa, making it imperative that the coach makes decisions based on who is performing well rather than on who may be his favourites.
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