Patrick Bamford may have looked isolated for Leeds United on Saturday but his off the ball work deserves more recognition.
That is according to ex-Leeds forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the 27-year-old touched the ball fewer times than goalkeeper Illan Meslier in the 2-1 victory over Sheffield United.
The striker has been in superb form this season, scoring 14 goals and providing seven assists in 30 Premier League games.
He cut a frustrated figure on Saturday but Whelan insists that Bamford’s contribution goes far beyond his goal return.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “It’s a difficult one because when Bamford’s isolated it doesn’t look like he’s doing much but he actually is. He’s doing all the work off the ball.
“A lot of the balls weren’t going through the centre, they were going out wide with Raphinha and Harrison.
“You can’t score every week if you’re not getting the service. He had one of those games where you know you’ve worked hard but you think to yourself, what have I actually accomplished in this game? I’ve been there. It’s frustrating.
“You want to be on the scoresheet, you want to be getting assists but sometimes you have those games where your work rate is top-notch but you don’t really get many opportunities in front of goal.”
Bamford signed for Leeds in a £10million move from Middlesbrough in 2018.
He has gone on to make 102 appearances in Leeds colours, scoring 40 goals.