Jermaine Beckford has told LUTV that he expects Marcelo Bielsa and Patrick Bamford to have a conversation and the Leeds United striker to be told “don’t do that again”, after reacting angrily following his substitution against Barnsley.
Bamford, 26, has started the campaign in very strong form with four goals from seven league appearances. However, the pressure is on him to produce the goods, with Eddie Nketiah shining from the bench.
Arsenal loanee Nketiah also has four goals – two of which have come in the Carabao Cup – and he scored after replacing Bamford on Sunday, before winning a penalty. The pressure is beginning to show on Bamford.
Indeed, the former Chelsea striker reacted angrily to being taken off and although Bielsa explained that he understood Bamford’s frustration in the post-match press conference, Beckford reckons the duo will have further talks this week.
“He had a great game,” Beckford said. “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.”
TBR’s view – Bamford unlucky, but Nketiah deserves a go
If Bamford had been playing the way he is last season, he would be the undisputed number one striker. Without question. Unfortunately, it has taken Bamford 12 months to get to this level, while Nketiah is producing even better a month after joining.
It is harsh on Bamford, who offers a lot more than just goals to his game. Unfortunately, the likes of Bamford and Nketiah get judged on their goals. It may be time for Nketiah to start against Derby County on Saturday.