Patrick Bamford failed to get on the scoresheet during Leeds United’s draw against Liverpool on Monday night, but Noel Whelan was extremely positive about him in his post-match comments.
The Whites made it five Premier League games in a row without defeat, as they came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Elland Road against Liverpool. Diego Llorente’s late headed goal ruled out Sadio Mane’s opener.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have hit some great form lately to move into the top half of the league table, and it’s turning out to be an amazing return to the top flight for the Yorkshire club following their promotion in the previous campaign.
Whelan felt that Leeds’ frontman did everything he could to try score against Liverpool.
The 27-year-old centre-forward went so close to netting when he hit the crossbar. Fortunately, the Englishman offers so much off the ball with his energy even if he’s not getting on the scoresheet.
“He’s making the runs, sometimes the ball is not coming. It’s not like he’s giving up on the runs. He’s doing everything right,” Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds (10:03pm, 19 April).
“I can’t question him. His effort and everything that he does is always there. I think people are going to say something if he doesn’t score a goal, but he’s doing everything right.”
For Bamford, he’ll be frustrated that he’s now not scored in three league matches, which goes to show the shift on him as a goalscorer.
The left-footed striker has elevated his game so much this year. He’s currently on 14 goals and eight assists in 32 league games this season.
It’s unquestionable that every single match the attacker is going to run his socks off, and his intelligent movement is perhaps an area of his game that is still a little underrated.