Noel Whelan has claimed Leeds United fans will see “a new player” in a revived Patrick Bamford after the international break.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United forward claimed Bamford will be a different proposition in front of goal ahead of next Saturday’s trip to Luton Town.
The striker, 26, has started all 16 of Leeds’ Championship matches this season but was saved from the axe against Blackburn Rovers by an Eddie Nketiah injury.
Bamford responded by stepping up to open the scoring with a well-taken penalty in the 2-1 win, breaking his 10-match goal drought in the process.
“Patrick showed a massive amount of character by stepping up to take the penalty,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He was under so much pressure before he took it.
“You can’t overestimate how important it was that he scored. You could see immediately afterwards how the weight had been lifted from his shoulders.
“He was brilliant after that, his set-up for Jack Harrison’s goal was exquisite. Patrick’s work for the team this season – running into channels, pressing defenders, leading the defence from the front – has been outstanding.
“But you’re going to see a new player after the international break. In terms of his attacking play he will have so much confidence, and that will make all the difference.”
A significant section of Leeds fans have questioned Bamford’s goal threat this season, with many claiming Nketiah has more to offer.
But the Arsenal loanee is out injured and not expected to be fit for a few more weeks, allowing Bamford to continue leading the front line.
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