Michael Brown has shot back at Patrick Bamford’s critics after his performance for Leeds United against Cardiff last weekend.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder insists the striker cannot be blamed for the Whites’ struggles in south Wales.

The 26-year-old forward led the line against Cardiff but struggled to make much of an impact during the 2-0 defeat.

He failed to have a single shot on target, had the least touches of all the Leeds starting XI and finished with the second-lowest pass accuracy among the visitors [Whoscored].

However, Brown believes that onlookers would be wrong to point the finger at the former Middlesbrough man after a poor all-round performance from Leeds.

Brown told Football Insider: “I think this happens – when your team are not winning and not creating tonnes of opportunities, everyone’s going to look at the striker and say: ‘What more can he do, why did he not get into it?’

“You can’t blame Patrick Bamford for that performance from the whole team. I think he’s been incredible this season and I’m personally one person who really appreciates and has understood what he does for the team.

“No wonder he keeps getting picked. Once you get beat, everything gets put into perspective regarding you could do this, could do that, look at striker options, defensive mistakes.” 

Bamford has scored 13 goals in 37 league appearances for Leeds this season, with all but one of his runouts coming among the starting XI.

Marcelo Bielsa has a lack of alternative centre-forward options at his disposal, with Jean-Kevin Augustin ruled out through injury.

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