Bamford 2.0: Possible Nketiah replacement could be the perfect man for Leeds – opinion

Patrick Bamford is one of the biggest enigmas in the Championship.

One minute he’ll in diabolical form, failing to score for ten matches. The next moment he’ll find a hot streak that makes him look like a complete forward.

The former Middlesbrough man has now scored five goals in his last seven games, taking his tally to nine for the season.

It’s form that’s ensuring Eddie Nketiah has to remain on the bench, but it could also be damning for his time at Leeds.

Reports continue to linger over the loanee’s future and one potential replacement, according to Phil Hay, is Cenk Tosun.

On the chalkboard

At first glance, the addition of the Everton man on a temporary basis may not be too appealing.

He’s barely had a look in on Merseyside, scoring just once this term but some of his attributes are comparable to the type of striker Marcelo Bielsa loves.

That happens to be in a similar mould to one of his favourites – Bamford.

The striker has been praised for his work ethic and ability to bring others into play throughout the campaign and it’s that aspect that ensures he plays every week even when he’s not scoring.

The 26-year-old’s ability to drop deep and influence things from in front of the defence, rather than in behind has been crucial for Leeds at times this term, and it’s that similar quality that Tosun provides that could be vital.

Nketiah is a striker who likes to create opportunities with his movement, getting in behind and using a poacher’s instinct. But Bamford or Tosun aren’t like that.

If we focus on Bamford’s heat map (via SofaScore) when he scored twice against Cardiff, a noticeable amount of his work is done close to the halfway line. That can also be seen from the game against Huddersfield.

Patrick Bamford heat maps - Bamford 2.0: Possible Nketiah replacement could be the perfect man for Leeds - opinion

However, assessing Tosun’s, it’s also largely quite similar. Looking at outings against Spurs last season and Southampton this term, you can see how Tosun likes to drop deep and influence proceedings from closer to the midfield, as well as inside the box.

In fact, he likes to get on the ball more regularly than Bamford.

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Much of Leeds’ play revolves around Bamford, even when he’s not finding the back of the net. Having a diverse strike force can be important but having someone of a similar ilk to the ex-Chelsea striker could be the way to go for Bielsa.

If Nketiah is indeed recalled in January, this would be a perfect replacement in terms of someone that suits Leeds’ style.

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