Former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips believes that Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford needs some time out of the team in order to ‘refresh his mind’ – though admits his absence would prove to be a ‘tough’ situation for Marcelo Bielsa.
Leeds are low on strikers at the moment following Arsenal’s recall of Eddie Nketiah, and following Bamford’s barren run in front of goal and the Whites’ recent poor form, Phillips thinks a drastic change could be what is required. Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips suggested that Bamford may need to be replaced to recharge his batteries as the season reaches its crunch period.
He said: “Is the pressure getting not just to him, but to all of Leeds? I read Bielsa’s comments speaking about pressure, he doesn’t think it’s that, he thinks it’s just not taking their chances.
“You perhaps could see the frustration, it’s all building up. Bamford, at the minute, he might be a player that just needs to maybe come out the side for two or three games just to refresh his mind. If he comes out, who can go in and fill his boots? It’s a tough one for him at the moment.”
Eddie Nketiah or Patrick Bamford?
To say that Bamford has been out of scoring form would be quite an understatement. Despite being Leeds’ top scorer on 10, his last goal came in the defeat to Fulham in December, and has gone four league games without netting having sat out the Whites’ crazy nine-goal thriller against Birmingham City.
It means he has not been part of a victorious Leeds side since 10th December. However, Phillips may be right to suggest that it would be tough for Bielsa to replace him, such is the scarcity of options currently at his disposal, with Tyler Roberts struggling with injury problems.
To be fair to Bamford, he has overcome a previous dry spell in the goals department having gone scoreless throughout September and October without hampering Leeds’ promotion challenge too much.
Though with Leeds’ form and Bamford’s goal record starting to align, it may be time for Bielsa to change tack – or keep faith in a player who seems to score in bursts. It looks like the manager certainly has a big decision to make ahead of their next game on Tuesday.
Leeds fans, assuming there are no signings, what should Bielsa do in attack? Share your thoughts below!
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