By Michael Brown

7th Mar, 2020 | 7:00pm

Leeds Exclusive: Brown makes unexpected Patrick Bamford claim

Michael Brown has shot down the suggestion that Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford is under pressure in the starting XI. 

The former Elland Road enforcer, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 26-year-old has nothing to worry about despite his lack of goals.

Bamford managed to end his drought in Saturday’s Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield, having gone seven games without finding the back of the net.

However, despite struggling for form in front of goal, Brown does not believe there is any reason for the former Middlesbrough man to worry about his place in the side.

Asked if the striker was under pressure at Elland Road, Brown told Football Insider: “Who, Bamford? No. He really likes him, Marcelo Bielsa, really, really likes him.

“I just think he fits the mould, that number nine, he’s unselfish and he’s leading the line very well. You can just tell when a manager likes what you’re doing and he’s got to keep doing it.

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“He’s working ever so hard. He’s occupying defenders, getting the ball back, holding it up, he’s had a good season.” 

Prior to Saturday, Bamford had scored just twice in 12 games for Leeds, both of which came in the win over Millwall.

He now has a total of 13 goals under his belt for the Whites, just under half of which came in an eight-game spell across November and December.

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