Noel Whelan was bitterly disappointed with the performance of Patrick Bamford on Sunday after Leeds United slipped to defeat at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The former Leeds and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted that the 26-year-old needs to “massively improve” for this Saturday’s visit of Fulham.
Bamford, as expected, lead the line for Marcelo Bielsa’s side on Sunday as they resumed their quest for automatic promotion in the Welsh capital.
However, goals from Junior Hoilett and Robert Glatzel either side of half-time were enough for Cardiff to take all three points.
Bamford blocked an effort on the line from Jack Harrison that was destined to bring Leeds level in the first half while in the second he failed to connect with a sublime Kalvin Phillips cross.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the striker’s performance, Whelan said: “I have defended Patrick all season.
“I think he has done fantastic work and taken a lot of criticism from a lot of people but he looked very much out of sorts. He did not have his head in the game.
“Generally, even if he does not score he does a lot of work holding the ball up and bringing people into play but we did not see much of him yesterday.
“It did not seem like he believed he could score a goal. His first touch was not right.
“A lovely cross for him in the second half and he should have done more.
“He wasn’t hungry to score goals.
“There needs to be a massive improvement from Patrick for the game against Fulham.
“He will be disappointed that he did not make the most of the little chances that came his way. It did not happen for Patrick yesterday.”
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