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Leeds’ Patrick Bamford needs to step up after Eddie Nketiah revelation

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Leeds’ striking conundrum has been a hot topic amongst the fanbase for months now.

Marcelo Bielsa has to choose between Patrick Bamford and Eddie Nketiah on a weekly basis, and up until this point he’s picked the former Middlesbrough striker over the Arsenal loanee every single time he’s gone into a Championship match.

However, a recent revelation should have put Bamford on red-alert, and he needs to step up his game over the coming weeks.

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Nketiah was going to start

Phil Hay revealed in his Q&A with the Athletic on Sunday that Eddie Nketiah was set to have a run of starts, but an injury has prevented him from ever making the starting XI.

This has meant that Bamford’s run of consecutive first XI appearances continued, and it also means that the Boro striker has yet another chance to cement himself as Bielsa’s definite first-choice. It’s an opportunity he simply has to take.

Bamford’s chance

The striker needs to be at his very best over this next few weeks while Nketiah works towards getting back to full fitness.

Nobody is blind to the fact that Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t like rushing players back to the first team, and that means that Bamford will have a few more games to show the Argentine that he should continue to be selected ahead of the 20-year-old.

It won’t be long until Bielsa is once again considering his striking options, and Bamford needs to make sure that he is undroppable once Nketiah is back fit and ready to play.

The 26-year-old returned to goalscoring form last time out when he tucked away a penalty but before that he hadn’t netted in his last ten outings.

Should Nketiah start once he's back

Stick with Bamford

Stick with Bamford

Give him a go

Give him a go

He was on a dismal run of form but if he can rediscover the type of performances that saw him score four in his first five matches of the season, both he and Leeds will be a lot better off.

If he does start finding the net more regularly, Bielsa will be left with no other choice but to keep Nketiah on the bench.

Article title: Leeds’ Patrick Bamford needs to step up after Eddie Nketiah revelation

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