Noel Whelan has claimed he feels “sorry” for Patrick Bamford as he faces the Leeds United axe due to the spectacular emergence of Eddie Nketiah.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider editor Wayne Veysey, the ex-United forward insisted that it is only a matter of time, possibly this Saturday’s home clash against Derby County, before Nketiah displaces Bamford in the side.
The on-loan Arsenal striker has scored four goals since joining Leeds at the end of the summer window even though he has not yet started a Championship game.
Bamford has been in the XI for all seven of United’s league matches this season but Whelan claims that Nketiah’s huge impact as a substitute means it’s inevitable there will soon be a change up front.
“Patrick has played well this season and has done a lot of great work for the team, but strikers get paid to score goals,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“This is where Leeds need to make sure the load is shared up front. Patrick’s been starting all the games, and Nketiah has been coming on as sub, but that’s going to change. Nketiah is too hot to leave out.
“I feel sorry for Patrick, he’s doing nothing wrong. You could see the disappointment in his face when he was subbed against Barnsley. Having two top strikers is a good problem to have.
“Over the season, injuries and suspensions are going to happen, and it’s vital they’re fit, firing and pushing each other hard.”
Bamford has scored 14 goals in 33 matches for Leeds since signing from Middlesbrough for £7million in the summer of last year.
His eight games this season have yielded four goals, a double against Wigan Athletic and strikes against Bristol City and Stoke City.
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