Leeds United have started the 2018/19 Championship campaign off exceptionally, picking up 14 points from their opening six league fixtures of the season, sitting joint top of the division with Middlesbrough, but may have jumped the gun with the signing of Patrick Bamford.
Their success thus far has largely been down to the management of new boss Marcelo Bielsa, who seems to have brought some stability back to Elland Road.
The 63-year-old Argentinian head coach has rejuvenated the Lilywhites squad, with starting striker Kemar Roofe finding his goalscoring form.
The 25-year-old front man, who has been on the books at Leeds since his move from Oxford United in 2016, has scored four goals and contributed two assists in the opening six Championship fixtures.
The summer signing of Middlesbrough’s Patrick Bamford caused many to believe that Roofe may end up playing second fiddle to the England Under-21 international, but it has been the reverse.
The 24-year-old former Chelsea striker , who signed a four-year contract at Elland Road in a deal worth a reported £10m, has featured in five of Leeds’ six Championship fixtures, with all those appearances off the bench.
Whilst there is no denying the talent and ability of Bamford, did Leeds United really need him?
With both strikers holding exceptional talent and prestige at this level of football, questions have begun to arise whether the two Englishmen can play up top together – something Bielsa is yet to try out to any great depth.
The Lilywhites have adopted a one up front formation since the outset of the season, with Roofe seemingly set to get the nod for the foreseeable future, but with a talented player in Bamford, who netted 12 goals last campaign at a club where he was competing with Britt Assombalonga, Martin Braithwaite, Rudy Gestede and Ashley Fletcher, sat on the bench, perhaps the signing was simply not needed.
As the season progresses and legs begin to tire, Bamford will likely come into his own at Elland Road, but with question marks across other areas of the pitch, it does make you wonder if that £10m could have been spent better on another striker who would have been the undoubted first-choice.
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