Leeds striker Patrick Bamford may have turned a corner against Middlesbrough

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…

Leeds were at their best on Saturday as they beat Middlesbrough 4-0 in their biggest win of the season up until this point.

The Whites were dominant against Boro at the weekend as they had 69 per cent of the possession as well as taking 16 shots.

High possession and a lot of shots have become the norm for the Whites since Bielsa took charge, but it’s rare to see the Yorkshire outfit converting this into so many goals as they’re severely underperforming their xG this term.

However, against Boro, the Whites seemed to find their shooting boots, and the stats show that one man in particular was much more clinical than he usually is.

Five shots that were all on target represents a massive improvement from Bamford as it wasn’t too long ago that he was firing six shots off target against Preston North End.

Of course, you’d like to see these efforts hit the back of the net more often, but he was rewarded with one goal. However, his goal tally will only improve if he continues to put shots on target at such a rate.

One goal from five shots isn’t necessarily the best return, but the fact that each of his efforts were on target is highly encouraging for someone who previously went ten matches without finding the net.

Has Bamford turned a corner?

Yes, he's going to keep scoring

Yes, he's going to keep scoring

No, we've seen this before

No, we've seen this before

It seems as if Bamford was taking up a bit more of a poacher role as well as he had just 32 touches, which is fewer than any other player who started for United this weekend.

A match rating of 8.37 shows just how good Bamford was this weekend, and if he can keep up that level of performance he will be vital in United’s promotion push.

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