Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan believes Patrick Bamford will be hurting after his substitution against Manchester City last week.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side picked up a magnificent victory in their last Premier League outing, winning 2-1 away to the soon-to-be champions. Leeds did it all with 10 men, too, with Liam Cooper’s first half red card making the Whites’ task all the more difficult.
Bamford was the player sacrificed after the sending off, with Bielsa needing to bring on a more defence-minded player in Pascal Struijk in what was a frustrating moment for the striker.
Whelan discusses Bamford frustration
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan admitted that it will be stinging the 27-year-old, but the ex-Whites ace reckons Bamford will bounce back at home to Liverpool on Monday night, saying:
“There’s always a sacrifice and generally, usually, it’s going to be a forward-thinking player.
“It was Patrick Bamford on that occasion. He will be disappointed. He’ll have let it go more to the point that we got the win. It’ll have made that pill easier to swallow.
“Look, it’s another game where people look at strikers like Patrick Bamford and they look at stats compared to Salah. It’s another one for him to go out there and prove a point.
“To go out there and impress against, I would say, a very, very weakened and inconsistent Liverpool defence.”
Transfer Tavern take
Bamford has shown great consistency and character throughout this season, so it would be no surprise to see him find the net against the Reds. Deep down, he will know why he was substituted away to Man City, but any striker missing out on the chance to score more goals will be disappointed.
Jurgen Klopp has hailed Bamford as ‘exceptional’ before the Liverpool game and the striker will be fired up to prove his worth to Bielsa once again up against a relatively unproven centre-back partnership of Nathaniel Phillips and Ozan Kabak.
In other news, Leeds are reportedly keen on signing an established international defender. Find out who it is here.
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