Date: 14th August 2019 at 8:00am
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EXCLUSIVE

Noel Whelan has torn into Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford for his performance against Nottingham Forest and claims he is costing the club points.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former striker and lifelong Leeds fan says that the 25-year-old has not been clinical enough in his side’s early games this season, having been chosen to lead the line by Marcelo Bielsa.

Bamford opened his account against Bristol City on the first day of the new campaign but passed up a number of opportunities in their 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest.

Whelan says that Bamford has shown his ability in the past but that his finishing against Forest was not up to scratch for someone of his standards and that he is costing the team valuable points.

“I’m not worried in that he can’t finish – he can,” Whelan told Football Insider.

I’ve seen many last season where he’s showed great finishes from outside the box, calm and composed in front of goal when he’s got just the goalkeeper to beat. I know he can do it.

“It’s crucial moments in times where in front of goal it’s a lack of concentration, the timing of the volley in the second half. Six, seven yards out, you’ve got to be hitting the back of the net, you’ve just got to.

“Patrick will tell you yourself it’s a chance you’d put away in training but you’re not in training. He’s now costing us points.”

Bamford had a difficult first season at Elland Road after moving from Middlesbrough, a serious injury ruling him out for the first half of the campaign.

He managed to play 25 games for the Whites across all competitions, netting 10 goals as he shared striking duties with Kemar Roofe.

In other Leeds United news, Whelan has told Football Insider that one player previously blasted by fans is looking undroppable this season.