A section of Leeds United fans have blasted Patrick Bamford for his reaction to being substituted off in the win against Everton on Saturday.
Marcelo Bielsa opted to hook the 27-year-old striker in stoppage time and replace him with Rodrigo as Leeds saw out a 1-0 victory at Goodison Park.
However, as pointed out by Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth, Bamford was “upset about something” as he was substituted off.
Bamford's upset about something as he comes off.
— Graham Smyth (@GrahamSmyth) November 28, 2020
While it’s not exactly clear why Bamford was annoyed, there was speculation on Twitter that the striker was unhappy with Ezgjan Alioski passing the ball to him when he had a potential chance to score.
However, there are others who think Bamford was annoyed with himself for not playing well enough on Merseyside.
Either way, there are still a portion of supporters who are furious with the striker’s reaction while being substituted.
One claims the ex-Chelsea striker owes Bielsa an apology while another claims his actions were “out of order”.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Probably annoyed with how poor he’s been today tbh
— TGT02 (@TxmGT02) November 28, 2020
I hate to see any player angry like that coming off, but when it’s that late in the game I’m sorry it’s out of order. Bamford’s better than that
— Gill💙💛 (@Gill_W_) November 28, 2020
I wouldn't be as well with his performance!
— Naz PTI #lufc (@Naz1o) November 28, 2020
Because he wanted to equal Henry's record!
Selfish sod!! Side before self!!
He had opportunities first half, cant complain!
He owes his coach an apology
— Colin McGrath (@colin17_colin) November 28, 2020
— , (@eb_1120) November 28, 2020
He’s upset that he still get to play despite being non existent throughout the match except for that rare one or two occasions where he expectedly didn’t convert the chances given to him
— زاك د (@gorikain_) November 28, 2020
— Colin Vevers (@VeversColin) November 29, 2020
We think the reaction of these Leeds supporters is a bit off.
Bamford can be annoyed about being substituted off if he wants to be because to us it just shows that he has a desire to play and to score.
England manager Gareth Southgate was in the stands and with Dominic Calvert-Lewin failing to impress at one end of the pitch, Bamford might have felt as though he missed an opportunity to show his worth to the Three Lions boss.
Bamford’s been brilliant this season and while he did miss plenty of chances at Goodison, we’re not going to criticise him for not adding to his tally of goals this season.
Leeds won. We’re delighted.
And even though Bamford wasn’t happy about something in stoppage time, he would have been as thrilled as anyone with the result at Everton.
In other Leeds United news, Gary Lineker raved about this “gem” after Leeds’ win at Goodison Park.