Do Leeds need another striker

05 May 2021 07:53 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Monday 5th May, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Do Leeds need another striker

Patrick Bamford has not found the back of the net since mid March, and although the 27 year old has netted an impressive 14 goals in his first top flight (full) season, 10 of those came from the first fifteen games of the season. Nobody can fault Bamford's efforts. In fact, he is one of the hardest workers in the top flight. Whether his supply route gets blocked, or gets crowded out in the penalty box, his effectiveness is starting to drop. What has also become apparent recently, is lack of support up front. We have become used to watching Leeds attacking en mass - over the last few games, we have not seen this!

Leeds have produced 708 crosses (into the box) this term. This can only be bettered by Liverpool (753). The accuracy of Leeds crosses is 21%. This may seem low, but it is higher than Liverpool and Manchester City. Bamford had fifteen touches of the ball against Brighton, before he was substituted on the hour mark. Would you like to see Leeds play with two forwards? (I'm not counting Rodrigo. By his own account, he is not an out and out goal scorer).

Aguero linked to ER move again

Sergio Aguero has once again been mentioned in the tabloids, regarding a move across the Pennines. The record breaking forward turns 33 in the Summer. As there would be no fee to pay, should Leeds break their salary banding to bring the Argentine to Elland Road? Would Aguero be able to keep up with Bielsa's fitness regimes?

Will the youngsters be given an opportunity to shine?

Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood have both turned on the style for the U23's! Can they make the step up? Will they be given the opportunity to step up?

There is so much young talent at Thorp Arch, but will they ever get a chance to impress on the biggest stage of them all - Elland Road? We have learnt over the last 24 hours that Mateusz Bogusz (currently on loan at UD Logroñés) will spend next season at Legia Warsaw, and have an option to buy the 19yo. He was considered one of Leeds most exciting prospects, only 18 months ago.

Check out 16 year old Ronnie McGrath. He broke into the Leeds u18's when just 15. He has recently completed the MOTD skills challenge. See how he got on:-

Orta monitoring Dutch ace

The Telegraph have reported that Victor Orta is monitoring the progress of versatile forward Noa Lang. The Dutch U21 International has come through the ranks at Ajax, and is currently on loan at Club Brugge. He has netted sixteen times this term, and recorded ten assists. Lang can play anywhere across the forward line. At the tender age of 21, he has a big future ahead of him!

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Cjay wrote on 06 May 2021 11:42 am

Tbf after 3 years i think we all know how MB thinks and why he does things.

He is a believer in the system over the individual.

He thinks the system is king and picks the players he feels best suit the system, not necessarily the best talent.

Thats why he is likely to bring Cooper back in, its why Shacks barely features, its why he makes 3 or 4 changes when only 1 player is missing trying to shoehorn his favourites in.

He has his favourites for his system and feels that that should be enough without necessarily picking the most gifted players.

Perhaps our recent issues offensively show him that at the top level eventually the system won't be enough?

Have to say i am concerned about the goalscoring situation, once goals dry up you are in real trouble.

This definitely needs to be addressed in the summer one way or another but i suspect through midfield and wingers rather than strikers.

CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 06 May 2021 11:36 am

1964white wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 3:55 pm Never understood why we operate with one striker in Bamford, the only one capable of scoring goals & playing the role Bielsa expects of him. Had Paddy picked-up a serious injury earlier in the season we were in trouble!

Also not having goal scoring game changer on the bench is baffling to say the least.
It makes no sense to always play with one striker. It means you can never sign another quality striker, as he knows he may not get any starts, as happened to Nketiah. Add to this Bielsa's's obsession with always starting Paddy, and you have a big problem. It would help if one or two youngsters were given a chance - it's insane that Gelhardt is not given any game time right now, especially as he can play as a 9 or a 10.

Paddy is a historically streaky striker with now 4 goals in his last 19 games, poor service or not. If he was injured then the club would be relying on a 30 year old striker who has never been prolific throughout his career, and who may possibly leave in the summer anyway. That sounds like a blunts like receipe for disaster to me....

CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 06 May 2021 11:06 am

SG90 wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 8:48 am Of course we do. How can we just rely on Bamford? What happens if he gets injured or loses form or gets tired? Roberts is not good enough. Hopefully we sign Aguero, wanted Cavani in the summer.
With 10 goals in his first 15 matches, and then 4 in his next 19 games you could argue that he has already lost form SG.

He has always been a streaky striker - he went 10 to 12 games in the championship with us without scoring I think more than once. We 100% need another striker, however Bielsa in his usual flexible style will only ever play with one striker. Whoever is brought in will struggle to start matches in the way that Nketiah never started any matches, despite Bamford at one time having a long run without scoring.

whiteroseboy wrote on 06 May 2021 10:38 am

Like others have said Bamford is getting very little service changing the striker will not make a difference, we need a winger that can cross the ball and/or a creative midfielder.
Rodrigo needs a run injury free, he can pick a pass in my view.

Klich needs a break which is not a great shock given his running statistics, think he'll come back strong next season.

Although I think its possible or even likely some of the U23's may step up eventually we shouldn't get carried away its a big jump from 2nd tier development league to Prem League. They are in the top tier next term which will help their development but they are also a young unit so a bit of patience may be required.
For the level required it would be great for at least one per season breaking through (Struijk this year) so maybe a Gelhardt or Drameh next season but could be any of them.
I'm sure they will be getting valuable time on the training pitch with the big boys, MB will access them there before they become first team squad players.

Carrick Dave wrote on 06 May 2021 10:36 am

I hope we concentrate on securing the best AM out there, even if it means a disproportionate percentage of the transfer kitty, it would completely change the balance and give us the momentum going forward we lack at the moment. I'm talking de Paul rather than Harry Wilson here, but IBWT.

Aguero - fitness levels, murderball, side before self when substituted, £230k a week, 33 years old. Can't see it.