Noel Whelan has told Leeds United fans to pay attention to the hidden “intelligent” play of Patrick Bamford after the club’s 1-0 win over Brentford.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that many will not have recognised the impact the former Middlesbrough man had during the victory over the Bees, having seen him pass up a number of goal scoring opportunities.
It was substitute Eddie Nketiah who grabbed the all-important goal, the Arsenal loanee stabbing home from close range after Helder Costa’s low cross.
However, Whelan insists that 25-year-old Bamford’s off-ball movement needs to be recognised after he drew away the defender to create space for his striking counterpart.
Whelan told Football Insider: “Eddie Nketiah might have scored the goal but look at Patrick Bamford’s run to the near post, taking away the defender. That’s intelligent play.
“Yes, he gets all the glory for scoring but let’s have a look at the intelligent run from Bamford, who took that man away to create the space for Nketiah to drop into that. You don’t see that from the stands.
“Bamford worked hard, he was aggressive, held the ball up to bring people into play. He’ll be disappointed because he had chances – doesn’t matter if you do the basics well and bring people into play, you want to be on the scoresheet. I thought his work rate was good again.”
Bamford and Nketiah are Marcelo Bielsa’s primary striking options this season, with both now off the mark in the Championship after Bamford’s three goals in four appearances.
He managed to hit 10 in his first season at Elland Road, injury leaving him sidelined for the first half of the campaign.
In other Leeds United news, Whelan has revealed to Football Insider that one Whites star was left “gutted” after victory over Brentford.