Darren Bent was left raving over Leeds United Patrick Bamford after the centre-forward ended his goalscoring drought against Blackburn Rovers last weekend.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa, Tottenham and England hitman says that his strike from the penalty spot will have lifted an awful lot of pressure from the 26-year-old’s shoulders after a barren spell in front of goal.
The ex-Middlesbrough man had gone 10 Championship games without finding the back of the net, his goal against Blackburn his fifth strike of the season.
Bent says that Bamford’s hard work up front means that his lack of goals will have been forgiven by the supporters at Elland Road but says that he needs to find a way to consistently score to boost Leeds’ promotion hopes.
Bent told Football Insider: “It’s tough, it’s really tough but for him it’s brilliant, he knew he was playing really well so that’s half the battle. When you’re playing really well, that’s all the fans can ask for.
“If you’re not playing very well, not working hard and not scoring, you’re opening yourself to criticism but when you’re working as hard as he is and trying as hard as you can, the fans can see it as they’re as desperate as him to score as he is.
“The moment that goal went in it probably relieved a lot of pressure and gave him another five, six games. Hopefully, he’ll go on a run, he doesn’t really go on runs but because he’s working hard and playing well, the fans will forgive him for that.
“Technically he’s a very good player, he can score wonder goals, he’s got a very good left foot so all he’s got to do is trust his technique.”
Bamford has netted a total of 15 goals in 42 appearances for Leeds since swapping Middlesbrough for Leeds, while his Championship record reads 50 strikes in 138 second-tier games.
Leeds’ next game sees them take on Luton Town away from home after the international break.
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