Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has offered some kind words to centre-forward Patrick Bamford despite him delivering a poor display in the last game.
The Whites beat Millwall last weekend to move second in the Championship table and into the automatic promotion spots, but it was a frustrating contest for the 25-year-old.
Bamford struggled against physical centre-backs at the point of attack and was quite often on the fringes of the game.
The left-footed striker also saw his penalty saved to highlight his poor afternoon and it didn’t quite happen for him.
Bielsa has recognised the Englishman wasn’t at his best last time out, but claims his motivation has been fine and given him a vote of confidence ahead of the game with Birmingham at the weekend.
“The work we have done with him is the normal work. Bamford is a very serious player. He has a very strong mind. Maybe he didn’t have his best game but his motivation is the same,” Bielsa said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Bamford should be frustrated after his performance against Millwall, but still has time to put it right and could play a major role in the promotion bid.
With Kemar Roofe returning to the first team against Birmingham, it has cranked up the competition in the forward areas.
Bamford has seven goals in just 18 games for the Yorkshire giants this campaign, but has not managed to net in the last three matches.
The centre-forward has been unfortunate with injuries and Leeds are fortunate to have him available for the remaining seven league games.