Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford

Patrick Bamford looked isolated against Aston Villa and needs help at Leeds United — either from another striker or a tactical switch-up. 

That is according to ex-Leeds forward and lifelong fan Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after their 1-0 defeat at Elland Road on Saturday.

Bamford failed to register a shot at goal and received just 10 passes throughout the course of the match.

The 27-year-old has 13 goals and six assists this season but fans have noticed there have been games in which he looks a remote figure up front.

Whelan claimed that signing a new striker could help solve the problem but also that Marcelo Bielsa needs to adapt his tactics to better facilitate Bamford’s play.

He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Bielsa could definitely do with a new striker in the summer. No one really got close to Patrick Bamford, no one really linked up as well as they should do with him.

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“The ball was always out wide, everyone was too far away, none of the midfield players got into the box as well.

“Only at the back end did Pablo Hernandez come on and we had a little bit of surge, but still we couldn’t find that little bit of quality in front of goal.

“It’s a difficult one because I do think it could have been prevented if you just had the wingers a little bit closer, inside the full-backs, that changes the dimension. Then you’d be working the two centre-halves up against Bamford ina different way.

“We could still be playing now and I don’t think we would have scored a goal. When they play with a low block, that’s when you need that something different. You need to find that pick of the lock and only certain players can do that.

“I think Pablo should have come on a little bit earlier because he’s that player who’s always had that quality about him.”

The loss to Villa knocked Leeds out of the top half and into 11th place after 26 games played this season.

Bamford is currently fourth in the Premier League scoring charts, level with Son Heung-Min and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

In other news, a top pundit has ripped into Leeds United defender Diego Llorente’s embarrassing theatrics on Saturday.