Some Leeds fans let the side down last night
Leeds put in an impressive performance in their first pre-season game against York City on Wednesday night, winning 5-0.
Jack Harrison scored a brace with Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez and Adam Forshaw rounding off a very satisfactory night.
Satisfactory, that is, apart from one thing – the abuse that striker Patrick Bamford got from a small section of Leeds fans at the game.
Bamford was audibly booed at times and while it wasn’t from a significant portion of the supporters, he will have heard the abuse.
There’s long been a refrain from some pundits that supporters pay the money to watch their teams and are allowed an opinion, but what positive is achieved by booing a key player in a pre-season game?
Was Bamford in the best of form when Leeds needed him most at the end of last season? No, but his commitment to the Leeds cause has never been questioned and his overall season numbers were good.
He provided 0.51 goals per 90 minutes in the Championship with an even better xG of 0.59 [wyscout.com].
He had two pretty bad injuries that really hampered his season but came firing back with eight goals in the second-half of the season.
Getting himself suspended for the first leg of the play-offs was arch stupidity but Bamford deserves and needs the support of the fans.
If you’re a true supporter you get behind your team and criticise where appropriate. Booing in a 5-0 pre-season win is far from appropriate.