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Martin Keown makes Patrick Bamford claim as Leeds lose to Crawley

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Martin Keown makes Patrick Bamford claim as Leeds lose to Crawley

Leeds United suffered an embarrassing 3-0 defeat to League Two side Crawley Town in the FA Cup on Sunday and Martin Keown underlined the importance of Patrick Bamford – during commentary on BBC’s live coverage.

Bamford, 27, has been crucial to Leeds this season – scoring 10 goals in 17 Premier League matches but the ex-Chelsea man was left in Yorkshire as the Whites travelled south to Crawley. The League Two side won 3-0.

Spain international Rodrigo started up front in his natural position but he failed to make an impact. Bamford was one of a number of players to stay at home, along with Illan Meslier, Luke Ayling, Stuart Dallas and Mateusz Klich.

During commentary on BBC, Keown claimed that the 3-0 defeat underlined the importance of Bamford to Marcelo Bielsa’s side – despite the £10million (Mail) signing being heavily criticised in the past for his lack of goals.

“Sometimes when a player is missing you realise how good he is. Bamford will be fuming, probably kicking the TV. He did need a rest of course,” Keown claimed, as Crawley produced the result of the round.
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TBR’s view – People are starting to understand Bamford role

In Bielsa’s side, Bamford is absolutely pivotal. Not only does he score goals – at a ratio better than one every two games this season – but he offers Leeds a presence. He occupies two players, giving Leeds an advantage elsewhere.

His link-up play, his tenacity and aggression, his technical ability that allows him to join in the passing in and around the box – it makes Leeds tick. He has been doing this ever since Bielsa came in, but never got the credit.

Now, he is finally beginning to earn the plaudits that he deserved.


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