Leeds United relinquished top spot in the Championship on Saturday, falling to a 3-1 home defeat against Norwich City.
The Whites were resoundingly beaten by their title rivals who leapfrogged Marcelo Bielsa’s side into the top spot.
A Mario Vrancic brace and a strike from top scorer Teemu Pukki put Leeds to the sword and ensured their slide from the summit.
Patrick Bamford did pull back a consolation goal for Leeds and the big-money signing could still play a part in the title race.
The 25-year-old has struggled to get going this season.
A knee injury has seen him sidelined for the majority of the campaign; although there is little doubt that he knows where the back of the net is.
After failing to hold down a regular starting spot prior to his injury he struggled to get his season going.
Saturday’s 27-minute cameo saw him finally bring up 100 minutes of football for the season.
Despite not featuring much, he still has two goals to his name and getting him fit and firing is now the challenge for Bielsa.
Leeds are only off the top by virtue of goal difference and in recent weeks they have perhaps lacked a player with the clinical instincts of Bamford.
Despite a morale-sapping defeat and some sporadic form, all is not lost in the quest for the title.
Bamford’s fitness is paramount, however, and his return to fitness for the run-in could prove a timely boost.
The striker is a proven goalscorer at Championship level and his presence in the side could be like a new signing for Leeds.