Noel Whelan has tipped Patrick Bamford to rediscover his best form next month after a ‘frustrating’ few weeks in a Leeds United shirt.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites and Middlesbrough forward said the 27-year-old has been ‘sacrificed’ in recent fixtures against the so-called ‘big six’.
Bamford cast an isolated figure on Sunday, as Marcelo Bielsa’s side shared a goalless draw with Manchester United.
The centre-forward touched the ball just 26 times against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side – 25 touches less than goalkeeper Illan Meslier. (Sofascore)
However, Whelan is not worried by Bamford’s lack of involvement and expects to see improvement with Brighton, Burnley, Spurs, Southampton and West Brom up next.
“I am not overly concerned because we have had a really tough run of fixtures,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.
“We have been doing a lot of defending so that is why he’s been starved of the ball. We’ve been playing top-quality opposition over the past few weeks and you have to sacrifice something.
“Bamford is working tirelessly even though he is not getting much of the ball. I cannot criticise him.
“He will be frustrated though because he wants to be in the game. You want to be fed the ball.
“Against the top opposition there has to be a sacrifice to how we play and you can see that we do not have as much possession.
“Bamford will be frustrated, absolutely. I was frustrated for him but his opportunities will be coming up in the next few fixtures. We will see the best of Bamford again and he’ll be back to his explosive best in the coming weeks.”