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If there is to be one complaint about Leeds United this season it’s that they’ve not put the ball in the net often enough.
Leeds have scored just 19 goals in 15 matches, which is the joint lowest tally of any team in the top 11.
It would be fair to attribute this down to one man as Leeds’ first-choice striker Patrick Bamford has now gone ten games without a goal.
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However, the fact of the matter is that the whole team is letting United down in front of goal and they need to start finding more goals from the midfield.
This time last term Leeds had found the net 26 times in the Championship. However, only six of their goals at this point had come from their traditional strikers as Kemar Roofe had bagged on six occasions, and Bamford was yet to get off the mark.
This meant that they looked towards their midfield for more goals last term and the stats back that up.
After fifteen matches last campaign, United’s midfielders had contributed to 15 of their 26 goals with Mateusz Klich scoring five, Tyler Roberts and Pablo Hernandez scoring three apiece while Ezgjan Alioski bagged two.
Even if you want to classify Roberts as a striker as he did play there at times last season, the Whites’ attackers had only scored nine league goals at this point last term, which is just two more than Eddie Nketiah and Bamford have managed, so the issue may be with goals in the midfield.
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It’s really easy to point the finger at a couple of things here, the goals have dried up for Klich as he’s scored just once this term, and Helder Costa has been nowhere near as effective as Hernandez in front of goal – failing to hit the back of the net.
It’s an issue that needs ironing out quickly as failure to score goals may eventually catch up with them.
However, this statistical viewpoint shows that the strikers aren’t necessarily the only ones at fault for Leeds’ striking woes.
Marcelo Bielsa needs to address this quickly either by instilling some confidence in Klich to rediscover his goalscoring touch or by spending more time trying to get Costa back on track.