When it comes to finding a reasonably-priced striker for your fantasy team, there’s arguably no better option than Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford.
With a bargain price and an eye for goal, in a team that creates a host of chances, the English forward is a must signing for any player.
Bamford punching above his weight
Having scored 16 goals in the Championship last season, Bamford is already well on his way to surpassing that total in his first proper campaign as a starting Premier League striker. Some questioned whether the former Chelsea forward would be able to make the step up the top flight, having been criticised at times for squandering chances in the Championship. However, the 27-year-old has been answering his critics with his efforts this season, to see Leeds residing in mid-table in the Premier League.
Bamford produced a fine performance in a 3-1 win at Leicester City at the end of January, with the forward scoring once and providing two assists at the home of the Foxes. For a player at the time worth 6.6 in the Fantasy Premier League, only Tottenham’s Harry Kane had acquired more points at the start of February out of all the forwards. Kane is the most expensive striker in FPL at 11.1, and while the England striker has justified his price until his recent injury, second-place Bamford provides excellent value.
Leeds star worth sticking with
There will be many players who will have jumped on the Bamford bandwagon after his flying start to the Premier League season, and some may have jumped ship after a recent barren run.
Those who use sites like Sporticos for live scores, stats and post-match articles to follow today’s football will know how Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds side create numerous chances in their games both home and away. They will also know Bamford can have a tendency for going on quiet runs in front of goal. But those who stick with the Leeds forward could well be rewarded with an impressive points haul at the end of the season.
The Whites have plenty of creative talent in behind Bamford, with the likes of Rodrigo, Raphinha, Jack Harrison and Mateusz Klich all capable of creating chances for the lone striker. Bielsa has been a huge admirer of Bamford since his arrival at the club back in 2018 and if the forward is fit, then he’s one of the first names on the team sheet.
Can Bamford keep it going?
With just less than half of the Premier League season remaining, there will be some questioning whether Bamford can continue scoring points at the business end of the campaign? Leeds are one of the fittest teams in the league, and while some will point to unsubstantiated claims of ‘burnout’, the Whites are showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Many fantasy football players will have looked to the likes of Kane and Leicester forward Jamie Vardy as their primary source of goals up front but, given their recent injuries, there will be few to argue that Bamford is not a strong choice for an affordable second striker.