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Leeds’ Patrick Bamford proves they need a new striker

How Leeds failed to score against Arsenal is anyone’s guess.

The first-half was described as a battering by Graham Smyth, and the Whites completely dominated the stats, amassing more shots and more possession than their Premier League opposition.

However, the Whites failed to find the back of the net, and that is at least partially down to Patrick Bamford’s woeful day in front of goal.

There were numerous occasions when we were left asking ourselves ‘how did he not score that?’ as the former Middlesbrough man had six shots, but only one of them were on target.

Bamford’s finishing has often been criticised, but in Leeds’ first game against a Premier League team since Marcelo Bielsa’s appointment it was clear that he’s not going to be up to scratch if they go up.

United have been able to dominate not only the league table in the Championship, but also the xG table. Though, one thing that the Whites have always struggled with is finding the net.

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Can you name which season this flop was signed?

The Yorkshire club are under-performing their xG by almost five goals already this term, and last season they had the worst conversion rate in the division.

If Leeds go up they won’t get as many chances, and they need to make sure that any opportunities that arise are taken. Otherwise, they will be punished just as Reiss Nelson did to them on Monday.

Would Bamford do well in the PL?

Definitely

Definitely

Absolutely not

Absolutely not

Bamford is far too wasteful and therefore, the £5.4m-rated forward wouldn’t be the long-term solution to Leeds’ striker position if they achieve promotion this season.

The Whites need to strengthen their attacking options at the earliest possible opportunity.

In other news, one pre-match decision from Marcelo Bielsa worried a number of Leeds fans.

Article title: Leeds’ Patrick Bamford proves they need a new striker

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