Football Insider pundit Darren Bent has backed Patrick Bamford to remain with Leeds United for the next five years at the least, having cemented his spot as the first-choice striker under Marcelo Bielsa. The former Chelsea graduate has netted only 13 goals from 36 outings this term but he has been a regular up front under Bielsa, who has been impressed with his tireless workrate.
As a result, Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah was barely able to make the starting XI during the first half of the season and he was eventually recalled by the north London giants. Jean-Kevin Augustin arrived on loan from AS Monaco in January to compete for the centre-forward position but he has suffered the same fate and has managed less than an hour’s action in the league. (more…)
Leeds United manager Marco Bielsa has refused to place the blame on striker Patrick Bamford after the club succumbed to a surprise 1-0 defeat at Birmingham City. The promotion-chasing outfit were up against the Blues, who had suffered five losses on the bounce but they could not take advantage of the situation with Che Adams scoring the sole goal for the hosts in the 29th minute.