It has been a tough couple of days for Patrick Bamford, hasn’t it Leeds United fans?
The 25-year-old forward’s decision to go to ground following an altercation with Aston Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi during last Sunday’s 1-1 was rightfully criticised after replays showed that there was no contact between the two players.
Although Bamford was booked for his role in the incident, referee Stuart Atwell decided to refer the incident to the FA who have since charged the former Middlesbrough ace for successfully deceiving a match official (Via the Guardian) which could result in him having to serve a two-match ban.
If this is indeed the case, Leeds will have to prepare for the first leg of their play-off semi-final clash without the striker which could be a huge blow for their promotion aspirations this season. Despite having the likes of Kemar Roofe and Izzy Brown who can lead the line for his side, Bamford’s absence is far from ideal for Marcelo Bielsa who may have to adjust his tactics in response to the forward’s suspension.
However, it is imperative that the Argentine boss does not alienate one of the Whites’ most gifted footballers as if he does, he could risk the £5.4m-rated ace’s future at Elland Road (via Transfermarkt).
Whereas Bamford should rightfully be punished for his actions, Bielsa must forgive him in order for the club to move forward from this particular debacle.
Having scored 10 goals in all competitions for Leeds this season, he could prove to be the all-important difference between his side playing Premier League or Championship football next season.
What do you think Whites fans? Does Bamford deserve a second chance following his actions against Aston Villa? How big of a miss would it be if he is handed a two-match ban by the FA? Let us know below.
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