'Quite remarkable' - Exclusive: Whelan raves over 'Tremendous' Leeds 26y/o after teammate claim
Noel Whelan has heralded the “remarkable” work rate of Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford after Kalvin Phillips highlighted his importance.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Whites forward says that the midfielder is spot on in his assessment of what the 26-year-old brings to the side.
The 24-year-old, discussing new signing Jean-Kevin Augustin, says that the club need to “get him pressing as well as Pat does,” after his arrival from RB Leipzig on loan.
Whelan has echoed the midfielder’s sentiments, insisting that Bamford’s efforts off the ball are just as important as what he does when Leeds are in possession.
“He’s absolutely right, Kalvin, the pressing game that Patrick puts in is quite remarkable,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“The amount of work rate he does off the ball and how much it helps the side is invaluable.
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“I’ve been on his side because I know how difficult it is to be a number nine at Leeds and he’s held himself very, very well. He knows he needs more goals – as striker that’s all you want, that’s what you get paid to do – but his overall game outside of the box is tremendous.
“We need to look at that and compliment him on the work rate that he does and the way he brings other people into play.”
Bamford has netted 12 times in 31 Championship appearances for the Whites this season but has come under fire for some of the chance he has missed.
Leeds had Eddie Nketiah as backup during the first half of the season before he returned to Arsenal, Augustin taking his place in the squad.
In other Leeds United news, Alan Hutton admits some early team news against Bristol City is a “shame”.