It was another afternoon to forget for Patrick Bamford in a Leeds United shirt at the weekend.
The forward missed three superb chances against Birmingham City for the Whites who succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at St Andrew’s, a result which was compounded by Sheffield United’s impressive away victory at Preston North End.
Although it could be argued that he was incredibly unlucky not to score with his first attempt which hit the post, the other two misses were unacceptable for a forward who cost his side £7m last summer (via the Yorkshire Evening Post). With top-scorer Kemar Roofe returning during Saturday’s clash as a substitute, Bamford knows that he is on extremely thin ice in regards to keeping his place in the starting eleven yet it is important that Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t make any rash decisions regarding this situation.
In the absence of the former Oxford United ace, the 25-year-old has significantly contributed to the Whites’ promotion hopes, scoring in victories against Bristol City, West Bromwich Albion and Bolton Wanderers. Without his goals, Leeds may not still be in a position to usurp Chris Wilder’s Blades in the league standings and therefore the club’s supporters should not let Saturday’s poor performance cloud their judgement.
Indeed, starting Roofe over Bamford at Preston on Tuesday could prove to be a masterstroke by Bielsa yet when you consider the fact that the forward has only just come back from a serious knee injury, it would be a huge risk to take. With six games to play between now and the end of the season, Leeds cannot afford to lose 26-year-old as if they do, they may end up having to settle for the play-off positions in May.
Therefore, by sticking by Bamford, who is valued at £5.4 million (by Transfermarkt), for his side’s midweek clash against the Lilywhites, Bielsa will be providing the striker with one more opportunity to impress whilst also preserving the health of Roofe in the process.
What do you think Leeds fans? Should Bamford be given another opportunity to impress on Tuesday? Or is it time to bench him for Roofe? Get in touch below.