Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts is confident that Patrick Bamford can rekindle his form. Bamford has struggled for goals in the latter half of the season, and hasn’t scored in the Championship since January.
Former Middlesbrough and Norwich City star Bamford had a superb start to the season.
He scored 10 goals 23 matches ahead of the festive period.
But, since then, the goals have dried up for Marcelo Bielsa’s preferred centre-forward.
He’s only been on the scoresheet once in his last 12 league appearances.
Some sections of the Elland Road fanbase have called for Bamford to be dropped, but Roberts has backed the former England Under-21 international to get back his confidence.
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“I don’t think it’s much to do with the goals,” Roberts told The Yorkshire Post.
“We need to score goals, but Patrick gives a lot to the team and strikers have these runs.
“I’ve been through it, of course, at the end of last season. It’s not nice.
“We’re all confident he can hit the target and score goals.
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“We’ve seen it often enough in training, it’s just getting that first one, I think.
“It’s frustrating for everyone when chances go begging.
“It’s not just Pat that’s missing chances, or anyone in particular, but we do have a lot of possession and we do create a lot of chances.
“On Saturday we showed we can put them away and be clinical.”
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Leeds beat Hull City 4-0 on Saturday, as they continue on their march to Premier League promotion.
Roberts scored twice in four minutes for the Whites at the KCOM Stadium, after coming on as a second-half substitute.
After making just four Championship appearances in Bielsa’s starting XI this season, Roberts has staked a claim for selection ahead of Bamford.
Bamford, meanwhile, has the fifth-highest shots per game ratio in the division, but is 13th in the top-scorer table.
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Meanwhile, Bielsa lauded his team after their 4-0 win over Hull on Saturday.
“In the first half, we didn’t defend well,” said Bielsa after the match.
“We started the game with one line of four defenders and after we changed with a line of three defenders. In the second half the second goal helped us.
“Illan [Meslier] was calm, confident, he took risks, and was good in the area. He gave us the feeling that he was confident.”
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