It has been an embarrassing week for Patrick Bamford, hasn’t it?
Following Mateusz Klich’s controversial goal for Leeds United at Elland Road last Sunday, the forward grabbed centre stage after involving himself in a scuffle with Anwar El Ghazi which resulted in the Aston Villa man being sent off.
Although it appeared at first glance that Bamford had been elbowed by the Dutch winger, replays revealed that there was no contact between the players whatsoever and so it was of little surprise that the Whites ace was charged by the Football Association for ‘successful deception of a match official’ on Tuesday (via the BBC).
With the 26-year-old banned from his side’s next two fixtures, Marcelo Bielsa has been left with a huge decision to make in terms of who should the line for Leeds. Although top-scorer Kemar Roofe would be the obvious option for the Argentine to pick, he may benefit more from giving Tyler Roberts another opportunity to impress up-front.
Having started the season at centre-forward, the former West Bromwich Albion man has dropped into an attacking midfielder role where he has excelled in recent weeks. Arguably the Whites’ best player against Villa last week, Roberts may thrive if he is allowed to return to his natural position against Ipswich Town at the weekend.
With the fixture essentially being a dead rubber, Bielsa will not lose anything from experimenting with his starting line-up at Portman Road yet if there are still questions surrounding Roofe’s fitness, it may be best to rest him for the play-offs.
Despite Roberts’ end product letting him down at times during the current campaign, it is of no coincidence that all three of his Championship goals have come when he has played as a striker and therefore if he is given the necessary service from his team-mates, he could provide the all-important difference heading into the play-offs.
What do you think Whites fans? Should Roberts start up-front against Ipswich? Or should Roofe be recalled for the final day clash? Let us know below.
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