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Patrick Bamford is not the man to fire Leeds into the Premier League

Patrick Bamford is not the man to fire Leeds into the Premier League

Leeds United have officially announced their signing of Patrick Bamford from Middlesbrough on a four year deal, for an undisclosed fee.

Leeds have been linked with numerous strikers throughout this summer, and it would be a surprise if Bamford was at the top of Marcelo Bielsa’s wish list back when the window opened.

However, the 24-year-old forward is the one they’ve got. The Elland Road faithful will be hopeful that he can show some prolific form for their team over the course of the upcoming Championship campaign.

Following the sensational arrival of Bielsa into the hot seat, big things are expected of Leeds this season, but if the club were ever going to make themselves genuine promotion contenders then the acquisition of a top striker was of paramount importance.

In signing Bamford though, the Whites look to have sealed their status as a second tier outfit for yet another year.

The Breakdown

Last season, for Boro, Bamford found the back of the net 11 times in 39 league appearances, and was only able to muster up a single assist.

Whilst those figures are hardly prolific, they do represent by far the greatest return he has achieved in recent seasons. The 2014/15 campaign is the only other instance in which Bamford has looked potent at this level.

Considering that Leeds had been heavily linked with the likes of Matej Vydra and Abel Hernandez this summer, the recruitment of Bamford leaves them with a striker who still has plenty to prove, and potentially feels like quite an underwhelming arrival.

If Leeds are to stand any chance of making a return to the top flight in the near future then they need Bamford to seriously up his game.

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