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Leeds’ Patrick Bamford is both a hinder and a help

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Is it any surprise this season that when Patrick Bamford hasn’t been at the races, Leeds have dropped points?

Probably not.

It appears that when Bamford has a bad game, he is particularly poor and even if he showed a willing work rate, his finishing once again let him down on Saturday.

If you consider the bigger picture this season, the 25-year-old has started the campaign in impressive form, scoring four in six outings.

However, despite the striker being a help, he is also a huge hindrance to Leeds.

Going into the new season he had the burden thrust upon him of becoming the club’s leading striker and he’s seemingly taken that on gleefully after Kemar Roofe’s departure.

But he will continue to hurt Leeds, rather than the opposition, unless he improves his composure.

Against Nottingham Forest, a 1-1 draw, he wasted six chances as he hit the woodwork and missed some simple opportunities.

This time, in Leeds’ defeat against Swansea, he wasted four chances.

His performance on this occasion came as an extra concern because of the result. Three of his opportunities were completely off target as he also registered two unsuccessful touches.

Considering he found possession of the ball just 26 times, that is alarming.

Bamford’s failures when it comes to his play in possession has been documented on FFC before but he was rarely involved on Saturday.

His poor performance was summed up by the fact he was dragged off for Eddie Nketiah with as long as 29 minutes to go.

It wasn’t his day and if his inconsistency continues, it could become an issue in Leeds’ race for promotion.

In the tight games, you need big-game players and in two of their toughest tests so far, Bamford hasn’t stood up when it matters.

Perhaps finally opting for two strikers might deter some of the focus away from the 6 foot 1 forward.

After all, the role he had in Nketiah’s goal against Brentford showed the intelligence he displays and the impact he can have even when not scoring.

Yet, against Swansea, this wasn’t on show.

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