Leeds must start Patrick Bamford today

Leeds United are back in action this afternoon with an away Premier League clash against Brentford.

In their previous league outing, Los Blancos drew 1-1 against Everton at Elland Road on Tuesday night.

The Toffees took the lead with 17 minutes on the clock through Anthony Gordon, only for Luis Sinisterra to score an equalizer for Leeds, ultimately leading the two teams to tie the points on the night.

To the blackboard

As for what Jesse Marsch’s starting XI might look like to face the Bees, one character who didn’t start midweek and who we think needs to be there from the start on this occasion is Patrick Bamford.

So far this season, the Englishman has featured in Three out of the five league games Leeds have played, starting just one.

Last season was very difficult for the striker as injuries massively impacted his playing time, leaving him with only new league appearances under his belt, in which he managed to score two goals and provide two assists.

However, the 2020/21 season has seen the centre-forward find the net 17 times appeared in every league game played by Leeds, confirming his quality in front of goal and his evident ability to play in the Premier League at a high level.

He would terrify Brentford

Knowing how Rodrigo, who started the season in great shape by scoring four goals and providing an assist, picked up a wound on his shoulder against Everton, it could persuade Marsch to give Bamford their second start of the season and hope they can find their first goalscoring contribution as well.

Should Marsch start Patrick Bamford against Brentford?

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Saluted as an “outstanding” player by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for his performances in the past, the £35,000 per week the striker could terrify Brentford and their defenders with his clear attacking presence.

Considering that only four clubs have a lower combined tackles and interceptions tally than Brentford (137), who also have one of the lowest percentages of pressing in the defensive third of the field (173) in the league so far this season, this might be an ideal team for Bamford to play against and potentially score a goal for his side.


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Edward L. Robinett