According to the xG table, Leeds should be running away with the Championship.
While the Whites do sit at the top of the table, they’re not home and hosed as champions just yet, sitting just one point above West Brom, even though the xG table indicates they should be miles clear.
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Of course, we’re talking about Patrick Bamford.
The striker may have 13 goals this season, but he’s still massively underperforming his xG, and the number we’re using as a reference point is from early February, so that will have increased even further since then.
However, if you think that’s bad, look away now because his Premier League record is an even bigger cause for concern.
One goal in 27 games is a horrendous record for any striker, and with Leeds seemingly headed for the Premier League next season, this has to be a huge worry.
Bamford’s defenders will point towards the rest of the work he does stating that he’s not just there to score goals, claiming that his pressing and hold-up play more than makes up for his poor finishing.
However, his assist record in the top-flight is even worse than his scoring record, failing to craft a single goal for a teammate during any of his spells in the Premier League.
A number of players in Bielsa’s squad look ready-made for the top-flight, Kalvin Phillips has been coveted by some of the biggest teams in the country while Pablo Hernandez has been there and done it with Swansea.
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Unfortunately, it seems as though Bamford quite simply isn’t up to the task. Marcelo Bielsa ought to be hiding after looking at his record.
In other news, Leeds still need to replace this man.