Morale at the Leeds United camp will be deflated following their narrow loss to West Ham in the Premier League last night.
Despite taking an early grip of the game through a Mateusz Klich penalty, the Irons were able to snatch all three points thanks to a Tomas Soucek equaliser and a late Angelo Ogbonna winner.
Sure enough, it was Patrick Bamford who won the penalty for the Whites after Lukasz Fabianski struggled to deal with him in the box. As usual, the 27-year-old was Marcelo Bielsa’s only real attacking threat, which only further highlights their troublesome situation.
It will surely become increasingly harder for Leeds to stay afloat in the league if they can’t find goals from anyone but Bamford. Indeed, the attacking support was close to silent last night, with Jack Harrison in particular struggling to make an impact.
Whilst the Manchester City loanee does have a goal and three assists to his name this season, these numbers aren’t competing with other wingers in the league. Leeds finally secured promotion from the Championship and rejoined England’s top flight after a 16-year absence and they would kick themselves if they threw the chance away by lacking in attack.
According to Sofascore, Harrison failed to register a single shot on target and he lost 80% of his attempted duels. He also managed just 14 passes, which is not only an alarmingly low amount for a winger, but it was in fact less than goalkeeper Illan Meslier with 29.
The £6.3million-rated playmaker and his attacking teammates must buck up ahead of Newcastle or they risk yet another disappointing defeat. They simply cannot leave all the goalscoring creation to Bamford alone.