By Darren Bent

8th Jan, 2021 | 5:00pm

Pundit Exclusive: 'Desperate' Bamford will be 'Banging down Bielsa's door' at Leeds

Patrick Bamford will have been banging on Marcelo Bielsa’s door to be included in the Leeds United starting XI against Crawley Town this weekend.

That is according to former Tottenham and England striker Darren Bent who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the 27-year-old will be desperate to get some goals under his belt in a game against a lower league side.

The Elland Road ace scored his 10th goal of the campaign against Burnley on December 27 but drew a blank against both West Brom and Tottenham.

He has started every single one of Leeds’ Premier League fixtures this season, although he was left as an unused substitute in the League Cup defeat to Hull City back in September.

However, despite an intense run of fixtures for the Whites over the festive period, Bent has suggested Bamford will not want a rest and will have been pushing Bielsa to start him on Sunday.

“I know Patrick will probably desperate to play again, he’s not scored for a couple of games now, he didn’t even score in the 5-0 against West Brom,” Bent told Football Insider.

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“If I was in his shoes, I would want to play, I’d be banging down Bielsa’s door, because I’m thinking: ‘Right, I’ve not scored for a couple games this is an opportunity for him,’ and that’s how you’ve got to look at it.  and so he got lucky.

“There’s a gulf between the two teams in Crawley and Leeds, Leeds create a lot of chances, this is a chance to get one or two goals and get his conference back up. I always used to say this to people because people would say: ‘You’re only scoring against whoever it is,’ but goals breed confidence.

“It doesn’t matter what game you score in, against who, goals breed confidence and right now, listen, he’s probably still confident because he’s got a lot of goals up to this point, but he’s not scored for a couple, maybe his mind is starting to wander a little bit.

“Getting back in against Crawley, getting a couple goals, even if it’s a penalty or something get him a couple goals, then he can kick on again.” 

In other news, Leeds United product has agreed a three-and-a-half year contract with new team as transfer finalised.