It has been a rollercoaster of a season for Patrick Bamford at Elland Road, hasn’t it Whites fans?
Since joining the club for a reported fee of £7.11m last summer (via Transfermarkt), the forward has had his fair share of highs and lows with his recent performances leaving a lot to be desired.
Having developed a tendency to miss the easiest of chances early on this year, Bamford’s lack of composure in-front of goal put a severe dent in the Whites’ promotion hopes over the Easter Weekend.
Although he opened the scoring in the club’s clash with Wigan Athletic last Friday, a failure to convert several good opportunities contributed to Leeds’ capitulation which saw them lose to their lowly opponents, a result which saw Sheffield United leapfrog them in the table.
Chris Wilder’s Blades then heaped the pressure on their rivals by beating Hull City on Easter Monday which meant that the Whites had to respond at Brentford. With Bamford leading the line once again at Griffin Park, he delivered a toothless performance with a lack of cutting edge killing every single one of his side’s attacks.
Goals either side of half-time by Neal Maupay and Sergi Canos eventually gave the Bees the victory over Leeds who are now in need of a miracle to secure a top-two finish in the Championship.
By spending a hefty amount to bring in Bamford from Middlesbrough, chairman Andrea Radrizzani would have undoubtedly been cursing the striker’s performance as he was brought in to provide the all-important difference in the biggest of games.
However, a meagre return of nine goals in 21 appearances this season has simply not been good enough, especially when you consider that he is playing in an expansive side managed by Marcelo Bielsa.
If Bamford does not step up to the mark between now and the end of the year and Leeds miss out on promotion, it could be argued that Radrizzani has effectively thrown his money down the drain.
What do you think Whites fans? Has Bamford failed to live up to expectations this season? Should he start against Aston Villa at the weekend? Get in touch below.
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