Leeds United have been somewhat reliant on Patrick Bamford this season to score the goals upfront. Alex McLeish believes the club need to help the forward out by signing another striker.
What McLeish had to say
McLeish was asked whether Leeds need to sign a new striker, to which he told Football Insider: “Yeah, of course, of course they do, absolutely. Look at Callum Wilson at Newcastle, okay, he’s played up with Andy Carroll and started together the other day there but Andy’s kind of in the last couple of years of his career, I would think, and definitely Bamford is also relied on too much.
“When he doesn’t score, everybody’s almost like: ‘Well Bamford must have been rubbish,’ but there’s a lot of pressure on the guy to keep scoring every single week, it’s the hardest job in the game is scoring goals.”
Should Leeds bolster their attack?
Bamford has been in great form for Leeds so far in the Premier League. The player has proved many doubters wrong, scoring ten goals in 18 appearances (WhoScored). The Englishman has also managed 3.6 shots per game.
Former Premier League star Rob Lee was recently full of praise, saying: “Patrick Bamford has done brilliant, I think he’s done a fantastic job. He’s their focal point, he plays every game.”
The goals he has in England’s top flight puts him in the top seven goal scorers in the division and without them, the Yorkshire-based club would only have scored 20 times this season (SofaScore). To score a third of the teams goals in the Premier League is a great feat and it is understandable to see why McLeish says there is a lot of pressure on his shoulders. After Bamford, there are a few players who are joint second-top goal scorers at the club, but they have only scored three, so adding another prolific striker makes a lot of sense.
In other Leeds news, the club have managed to tie down an exciting prospect. Have a read here!
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