Ally McCoist and Matt Murray highlight Patrick Bamford as key man for Leeds United

Former Rangers striker Ally McCoist and former Wolves goalkeeper Matt Murray have both highlighted Patrick Bamford as a key man in Leeds’ promotion push.

Bamford netted twice against Preston on Tuesday night, McCoist and Murray were clearly impressed with what they saw from the striker at Deepdale.

What’ve they said?

Both Murray and McCoist pointed Bamford out as a key player for these final five games of Leeds’ campaign.

Bamford had been at the centre of a lot of criticism recently after missing golden chances against both Millwall and Birmingham City.

The 25-year-old silenced his critics this week by netting a brace against Preston to put Leeds back into second place.

The former Middlesbrough striker has netted eight goals in 18 appearances in the Championship this campaign and the Sky Sports pundits believe this goal-scoring record will help Leeds in their promotion charge.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ the debate podcast (38:00) Murray and McCoist were singing Bamford’s praises.

Murray stated: “Bamford’s key for them.”

McCoist agreed with his fellow pundit and said: “Oh massive. He’s absolutely massive.”

And when Geoff Shreeves asked McCoist if he was a fan of the centre-forward’s talents the Scotsman left listeners and viewers in no uncertain terms: “Oh I do, I absolutely do.”

Bamford the man

Ally McCoist knows better than most what makes a top class striker having scored over 350 Rangers goals, and it’s hard to disagree with his opinion that Bamford will be key for Leeds in the coming weeks.

Bamford is certainly a form player. When the striker is on song he is amongst the best players in the Championship. Leeds fans have to be hoping that his showing against Preston can push him to go on a goal-scoring run similar to the one he put on last year.

The 25-year-old scored eight goals in five games in the space of just a few weeks for Middlesbrough last year, and if he can replicate that in the final weeks of the season it will go a long way towards helping Leeds get promoted.

The English forward may well be the key to Leeds United getting promoted and despite the criticisms he has faced, a return of eight goals in just 18 appearances is an incredible record this season.

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