Agbonlahor blasts three Leeds stars who have gone missing and hails 'outstanding' Raphinha
Patrick Bamford, Mateusz Klich and Liam Cooper are shadows of their former selves at Leeds United, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker delivered his verdict after Leeds extended their winless run with a 1-1 draw away to Newcastle United.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay reported the club’s five-game winless run in the league is their longest under Marcelo Bielsa.
The Whites have drawn three and lost two of their opening five Premier League games and sit just one place above the relegation zone.
“The problem with Leeds is that certain players aren’t turning up,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“For me, Patrick Bamford has not been good enough this season. He had a couple of chances against Newcastle and didn’t look sharp like he did last season. It looks like his confidence to score is not there.
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“Raphinha is the main man, he’s outstanding.
“Liam Cooper at the back was skinned by Saint-Maximin. Players like him and Klich are not performing.
“As a team, they’re not scaring teams like they used to. Teams have got used to them, teams will know if you run and work as hard as Leeds you can beat them.
“That’s what Newcastle did. Newcastle were the better team against Leeds. They matched them physically and they knew without Raphinha popping up with something, they’ve not got much.
“I think Leeds will be fine but they’re not going to be anywhere near where they were last season.”