This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…
Patrick Bamford’s fortune at Leeds is a sorry one and if anything summed up his spell with the Whites, you need to look no further than Saturday afternoon.
The former Chelsea academy product came into the new campaign as their main centre-forward.
Initially it looked as though he’d deputise for Kemar Roofe after the striker was injured but now he’s departed for Anderlecht, Bamford is the main man.
A goal against Bristol City on the opening weekend will have done his confidence the world of good but his rather untidy performance against Nottingham Forest last Saturday was anything but confident.
The 25-year-old is a player who has lacked fortune at Elland Road. He scored nine times in 2018/19 but was forced to miss 22 games through injury.
Following his move from Middlesbrough, it wasn’t an ideal start to life in Yorkshire for the striker.
2019/20 could have served as a new dawn for Bamford and indeed he may still have an impressive season. However, he still has work to do if he’s to ever be the man capable of taking Leeds to promotion.
His stats from the weekend tell a rather sad tale. On numerous times he was slipped through but just couldn’t find the back of the net, striking the bar as well as seeing a lobbed attempt head wide of the target despite being one-on-one.
Per WhoScored, he was presented with six opportunities in total but three of them were off target completely as he endured a torrid outing.
Bamford was caught offside twice too, as his afternoon never looked like improving.
And with that display, he has put one of his teammates under huge pressure to perform straight away.
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Eddie Nketiah arrived on loan from Arsenal on deadline day and judging by Leeds’ inability to find the net last weekend, he’ll have to hit the ground running quickly.
Leeds’ number nine looks a player short on confidence and composure and there is only so much time you can give him.
Nketiah’s addition looks as though it’s come at the right time but Saturday proves just how much pressure he’ll now be under to score goals.