Former Leeds United defender Stephen Warnock has highlighted the lack of firepower in his old club’s frontline as the main reason for their recent capitulation, as per EFL on Quest.
The club have surely thrown away their chances of automatic promotion after back-to-back losses to Wigan and Brentford have seen them slip three points behind Sheffield United with two games to go.
What’s been said then?
Like many fans, Warnock believes that Leeds’ strikers are the problem that have held the team back in recent weeks.
Warnock points towards the two teams above Leeds and their strikers, Billy Sharp and Teemu Pukki who currently occupy two of the top four spots in the Championship scoring charts.
“When we talk about Sheffield United and Norwich, they’ve both got strikers who are scoring goals,” he told EFL on Quest.
“Leeds don’t have that – they’ve got Kemar Roofe, but not enough goals in the team as well.”
Radrizzani to blame
Warnock is spot on in his summary of Leeds’ striking options. Bamford and Roofe have 23 goals between them, which is five less than Norwich’s Pukki has scored on his own.
You can trace moments of the season where the Yorkshire outfit’s strikers have let them down and cost them points – Bamford missed two golden chances against Birmingham City earlier this month whilst his penalty miss against Millwall almost proved costly.
Roofe has also missed his fair share of chances, but the blame has to be placed on Andrea Radrizzani for the Whites’ shortcomings this season.
The owner had an incredible opportunity to aid his club’s promotion push by going all out to sign a top class striker in January, but the owner’s failure to invest in the transfer window has come back to bite him as he has seen his team continuously fail to convert chances into goals.
The Whites average 16.8 shots per game in the league but have only found the net 70 times, which ranks them only fifth in the league in terms of goals scored.