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Leeds United: Patrick Bamford wastefulness the major problem

Leeds United: Patrick Bamford wastefulness the major problem

Obviously, Leeds United let a golden opportunity slip to pick up points on the road and strengthen their grip in the second spot on the Championship table after going down to Birmingham City 1-0 at St Andrew’s on Saturday.

It’s never easy supporting the Whites, is it?

Despite only having one shot on goal in the whole match, the Yorkshire giants somehow wasted a number of good chances to find the back of the net and pick up the valuable three points with striker Patrick Bamford, in particular, squandering three proper chances right in front of the Birmingham goal.

The homeside played some delightful football throughout the match and scored a good goal through Che Adams but if Leeds were to play in the Premier League next season, either through automatic qualification or through the play-offs, then they can’t afford to miss sitter opportunities like that on Saturday.

The 25-year-old, who is valued at £5.4 million (by Transfermarkt), has done relatively well since slotting in at centre-forward in place of Kemar Roofe and has scored some excellent and important goals for the Yorkshire club.

Consistency is, however, needed from the former Chelsea player and he should make some improvement on his composure in-front of goal, while also trying to remain calm under pressure.

Leeds are now currently in third position on the league table after dropping points at Birmingham, while Sheffield United moved back up into second spot after their win at Preston over the weekend.

The Blades, however, also face Birmingham at St Andrew’s on Wednesday evening, while Leeds travel to Preston on Tuesday in what will be an excellent opportunity to make up for this past weekend’s defeat and increase the pressure on United to get maximum points at the Blues.

Manager Marcelo Bielsa will hope his main striker can try and deliver a better showing on Tuesday to get them back to winning ways.

If Bamford makes up for all the chances he missed over the weekend and continues to work hard until the end of the season, then there is no reason why Leeds should not play in the top-flight next season. Right now, however, the former Norwich ace is ruining all the hard work.

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