By Darren Bent

24th Feb, 2020 | 6:00pm

'Really difficult' - Exclusive: Bent claims Leeds teammates piling pressure on senior star

Darren Bent suggests that a number of Leeds United stars are piling the pressure on striker Patrick Bamford with their lack of goals this season.

The former Aston Villa and Sunderland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggests that other players failing to hit the back of the net puts the 26-year-old in the spotlight with his missed efforts.

Bamford has come under fire at times this season for not being clinical enough, with 12 goals in his 33 league appearances so far.

However, Bent insists that the likes of Helder Costa, Jack Harrison, Pablo Hernandez and Mateusz Klich are not helping his cause due to their own poor goal returns.

Bent told Football Insider: “Bamford, yeah he maybe does miss big chances but it’s what he does for the rest of the team; holds the ball up really well, works really, really hard, gives defenders problems.

“That’s why Bielsa’s like: ‘I can’t really leave him out, I need that work rate from him, we like to press, we play with high intensity.’

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“(Do other attackers and midfielders need to chip in more?) Exactly, I think that’s what makes it really difficult. If other players were scoring goals, it wouldn’t be highlighted as much, we’d be talking about the positives of what he does.

“Because they’re not, every time he misses a big chance and they don’t win, it gets highlighted.” 

Bamford is miles ahead of his teammates when it comes to goals scored in the Championship this season, with Hernandez and Harrison both sitting behind him on five apiece.

Klich, who scored 10 goals last season, has just three this term, as does Helder Costa – the pair playing in every one of the club’s 34 games.

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