Leeds United will be playing Championship football again next season after losing to Derby County in their play-off semi-final. They lost 4-2 on the night to Derby County, completing a 4-3 aggregate loss.
Leeds, in the end, were punished for some poor individual performances on the night. Kiko Casilla was erratic in goal, Liam Cooper sub-par and Pablo Hernandez failed to be at his best. Gaetano Berardi’s decision to revert to type and see red did not help.
However, plenty of Leeds fans were far more frustrated with their striker. Patrick Bamford, a £7 million signing from Middlesbrough in the summer, struggled throughout the game.
Back from suspension after deceiving an official he was swiftly booked for diving in the early stages.
He then proceeded to have little impact on the game. The Leeds striker’s first-touch let him down throughout and he could not put the same amount of pressure on the defence that Kemar Roofe, out with a calf injury, manages.
By the time he came off for Izzy Brown, many Leeds fans had seen enough. In fact, on twitter, the reaction was severely harsh. Some would happily see Bamford sold after a season marred by injury and indifferent form. His performance in the biggest game of the season will not help his cause.
Take Bamford off and replace him with Peacock-Farrell
— Peter (@Lufc_Rfc) May 15, 2019
I’d bring jansson on for Bamford probably do most damage #lufc
— boz (@iain9draz) May 15, 2019
Can we put anybody on for bamford #lufc
— Ian Moorhouse (@Zakkymax) May 15, 2019
— Gav Anderson (@gavanderson88) May 15, 2019
Pontus up top for bamford #lufc
— Matt (@brianenoschinos) May 15, 2019
#LUFC get Bamford off for Christ sake
— svm (@Talktostu) May 15, 2019
Bamford needs to come off looks lost #lufc
— David Metcalfe (@DMetcalfe95) May 15, 2019
Bamford looks so knackered. Missing Roofe badly. #LUFC
— Mat Thomas (@EmptyUK) May 15, 2019
Bamford has actually bought nothing to this team tonight #LUFC
— MrSullivan (@Aidfitzy16) May 15, 2019
Bamford is sooooo frustrating! May as well get Jansson on for him, we’d have more attaching options #lufc
— Chris Fletcher (@XrYzFlEc) May 15, 2019
I can see why bamford has had so many clubs #lufc
— Mark James (@markjames373) May 15, 2019
Anyone for Bamford, please. #lufc
— EastStandUpper (@EastStandUpper) May 15, 2019
Bamford best not be here next season! #lufc
— Mini Hartley (@nhartley89) May 15, 2019
Bamford has been absolute garbage #lufc
— Stephen Nichols (@Stephen_LUFC) May 15, 2019
Bamford mate honestly I’d let him go, pay his contract off and let him go
— George Daniel (@georgeLUFC11) May 15, 2019