Beckford has words of comfort for Bamford after show of petulance

Date published: Wednesday 18th September 2019 11:08 - James Marshment

Marcelo Bielsa has been told he would be wise to “have a few words” with Patrick Bamford over the Leeds striker’s small show of anger at Barnsley.

The United No 9 reacted with frustration when his number came up at Oakwell and he was replaced by Eddie Nketiah after 70 minutes of Sunday’s 2-0 win.

While Bamford had played well at Oakwell, his inability to get on the scoresheet clearly irked him and the Leeds star let his feelings get the better of him when Bielsa hauled him off; the Argentine offering reassuring words to his striker as he left the field.

Nonetheless, former Leeds star Jermaine Beckford knows exactly how Bamford feels and believes, that despite having a solid match against their Yorkshire neighbours, the striker could be reminded about who is boss by Bielsa.

“He had a great game,” Beckford said of Bamford. “He created a lot of chances and was unfortunate not to score.

“But you could see his frustration when he came off, I’ve been through it myself.

“If you miss a chance, you know you will get another one.

“But unfortunately for Patrick, that went to Eddie. It’s part and parcel of the game. He showed frustration, I see it as passion.

“The boss will have a chat with him about it, he will be told ‘do not do that again’. These things happen.”

Bamford and Nketiah are neck and neck in the goalscoring charts with four goals apiece but there’s growing calls from Leeds supporters to hand the on-loan Arsenal man a starting spot against Derby at Elland Road on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani has offered an amusing reaction to talk of United one day returning to the Champions League.


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