Kevin Phillips has been discussing Patrick Bamford’s substitution against Manchester City, admitting it was no great surprise.
Leeds United enjoyed a memorable victory on Saturday afternoon, winning 2-1 away to the soon-to-be Premier League champions. Beating City in any scenario is impressive enough, but Marcelo Bielsa’s men did it with 10 men following Liam Cooper’s red card just before half-time.
It was Bamford who was sacrificed by the Leeds manager straight after the incident, in order for the Whites to be set up in a more defensive manner.
Phillips understands Bamford sub
“It would have been frustrating for Bamford.
“I know the feeling because it happened to me. Whenever a man got sent off when I was playing, I was the one who was sacrificed. Sadly, you just knew what was going to happen.
“He will have been angry and disappointed but it is no surprise he got taken off, especially away from home.
“Bielsa could have taken off a wide player but they can tuck in and make you hard to break down. Almost like defending with a five and a four.
“The wide men have a lot of energy and the hope is, when you get possession, that they can carry the ball forward and give an outlet.”
Transfer Tavern take
No player wants to be replaced at any point during a match, so Bamford’s annoyance at coming off would have been completely understandable. However, bringing on Pascal Struijk made Leeds harder to break down and the decision ultimately paid off handsomely as Bielsa’s men picked up a famous win.
Had Bamford stayed on, he may have become increasingly isolated and wouldn’t have offered the same defensive work as Struijk, potentially affecting the whole team in the process.
In other news, one Leeds player has been praised for his performance against Man City – find out who it is here.
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