Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson has said scoring in the opening game of the season is a big boost for Whites striker Patrick Bamford.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side produced an impressive performance to beat Bristol City 3-1 at Ashton Gate, with Pablo Hernandez, Bamford, and Jack Harrison all finding the net for Leeds.
Kemar Roofe is reportedly having a medical with Anderlecht today ahead of a £7 million move to the Belgian club, which would leave Bamford as the sole striker available in Bielsa’s senior squad.
The Yorkshire club may look to add more firepower before the transfer window closes on Thursday but for the time being, it seems the 25-year-old will lead the line this season.
Following the win on Sunday, Robinson suggested on the Sky Sports coverage that finding the net in the first game of the season could be really important for Bamford’s season.
He said (quotes via Leeds Live): “Yes, I think so (the early goal will help him). He had the fans on his back a little bit last year and he’s carrying the burden for scoring goals at the moment, especially if (Kemar) Roofe’s going to leave.
“I think they definitely will sign another striker this week but that’s a big goal for Bamford, with the fans singing his name today. He’s a real confidence player.”
He added: “I thought Patrick did well today. He didn’t moan, he kept battling and he tried to show his strength today and hold the ball up.
“I think overall, he did well. He brought his teammates into play. There’s a side to Patrick and I think he needs to be stronger, he needs to toughen up and he really needs to lead the line.”
Robinson is right, getting a goal under his belt at the first time of asking will be a big boost.
With Roofe looking set to leave and on the back on an unconvincing debut season in which he scored just 10 goals, the pressure was on Bamford to step up on Sunday and he responded.
The striker did not set the world alight with his performance but he linked up well with other attacking players and converted his goal nicely.
Leeds will surely bring in a replacement for Roofe if he leaves but if Bamford keeps scoring regularly he should be integral to their promotion push.