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Marcelo Bielsa throws backing behind 26-year-old as Leeds selection debate rages on

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Leeds United boss, Marcelo Bielsa, has labelled Patrick Bamford a ‘great centre-forward’ after the side’s 2-0 victory over Barnsley on Sunday.

Bamford failed to get on the scoresheet and found himself subbed off for Arsenal loanee, Eddie Nketiah, who did manage to find the net at Oakwell.

The striker has scored four times already this season, but has also missed a number of chances for Leeds already and he’ll be hoping he’s done enough to keep his starting spot ahead of next weekend’s clash with Derby County.

Bielsa has praised his effort and backed him to find the net more often in the future.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Bielsa said: “Bamford makes a lot of effort to be in good condition to score, especially in this match.

“I tried to explain to him that he deserved a goal in the match. An attacker like him, in his position, they suffer a lot when they don’t score.

“It’s not the same if you don’t score, if you create a lot of chances.

“I think he’s a great centre-forward, in every match he has four or five chances to score.

“I think before later he will improve his efficiency.”

The Verdict

It’s an interesting one with Bamford and Nketiah at Leeds this season. Many pundits think that Nketiah should come into the team but Bielsa really likes Bamford and feels he offers a lot.

If the Arsenal loanee keeps scoring when he comes off the bench then he will surely take Bamford’s place sooner rather than later.

I do wonder what line-up Bielsa will play against Derby and whether after these comments of praise, the Argentine might opt for Bamford once again.

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