Former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan ‘feels disappointed’ for striker Patrick Bamford  as he could face being usurped from the starting line up due to the form of Eddie Nketiah as reported by Football Insider.

Whelan believes it is only a matter of time before Bamford is replaced by the on-loan Arsenal striker and the ex-Leeds man feels sorry for Bamford who has impressed him so far this season.

Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford (9) celebrates his goal 0-1 during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United at the Macron Stadium, Bolton, England on 15 December 2018.

Nketiah has scored four goals so far for Marco Bielsa’s side despite not having yet started a Championship game whereas Bamford has been playing from the start in all of their league games so far with Nketiah providing a more than useful substitute.

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However Whelan believes the Nketiah could soon be given his chance from the start. “Patrick has played well this season and has done a lot of great work for the team, but strikers get paid to score goals.”

“This is where Leeds need to make sure the load is shared up front. Patrick’s been starting all the games, and Nketiah has been coming on as sub, but that’s going to change. Nketiah is too hot to leave out.”

“I feel sorry for Patrick, he’s doing nothing wrong. You could see the disappointment in his face when he was subbed against Barnsley. Having two top strikers is a good problem to have.”

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“Over the season, injuries and suspensions are going to happen, and it’s vital they’re fit, firing and pushing each other hard.”

The former Chelsea man has a more than satisfactory record in front of goal for the Whites’ having netted 14 times in 33 appearances but with Nketiah in such great form he may soon find himself having to make do with a place on the bench.


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