Kevin Phillips has suggested that Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa may need to axe Patrick Bamford for a couple of games after his struggles in front of goal.

The former Sunderland and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 26-year-old looks as though the pressure of leading the line could be getting to him at Elland Road.

Bamford missed a penalty in the club’s 1-0 defeat to QPR, while he has failed to find the back of the net since before Christmas Day.

With the former Middlesbrough man carrying the weight of the attack on his shoulders, Phillips suggests Bielsa might need to spring a surprise and give his mainstay some time out the starting XI

Phillips told Football Insider: “Is the pressure getting not just to him but to all of Leeds? I read Bielsa’s comments speaking about pressure, he doesn’t think it’s that, he thinks it’s just not taking their chances.

“You perhaps you could see the frustration, it’s all building up. Bamford, at the minute, he might be a player that just needs to maybe come out the side for two or three games just to refresh his mind.

“If he comes out, who can go in and fill his boots? It’s a tough one for him at the moment.” 

Bamford has started 26 of Leeds’ 28 Championship matches this season and scored 10 goals.

He has been strongly criticised by many supporters for his lack of ruthlessness in front of goal and has failed to convert a series of excellent chances on a regular basis.

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