Noel Whelan is worried by Patrick Bamford’s lack of involvement for Leeds United in recent weeks.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites striker urged the 27-year-old to learn from Danny Welbeck and run the channels more when he is starved of service.

Bamford touched the ball just 15 times against Brighton on Saturday, as Marcelo Bielsa’s side were beaten 2-0 at the Amex Stadium. (Sofascore)

Bielsa told Leeds Live that Bamford was anonymous last weekend because the team had “a problem in the creation prior to the ball reaching Patrick”.

Whelan echoed the Argentine’s thoughts but also claimed Bamford could have done more.

“Bamford’s performance was worrying,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

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“If Bamford had 15 touches against Man United, Man City and Liverpool, you can kind of understand it a little bit because you have to do a lot of defensive work. It can be very difficult to get the ball into your strikers because of the way they press.

“How uninvolved he was against Brighton, that surprised me.

“We should have been going in full of confidence with our chests puffed out after the results we’ve had of late. We should have taken the game by the scruff of the beck.

“But the team did not show up at all though. They were lethargic, slow with their passing, devoid of ideas and neglectful on the ball. There was no rhythm to our game on or off the ball.

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“Bamford is struggling because we are not supporting him enough. The ball is not coming into him quick enough.

“On the other hand Bamford has to look at Welbeck. He ran our centre-halves into corners and it stretched our defence. Bamford never did that. We never stretched their defence. A frustrating result.”   

In other news, Whelan claims the perfect Phillips replacement is already at Leeds after a big transfer reveal.