Alan Shearer blasted Patrick Bamford for “terrible” ball control that squandered a chance for Leeds United to get an extra goal against Liverpool on Sunday night.
Crysencio Summerville’s late goal earned the Whites a shock 2-1 win on Merseyside to move themselves out of the relegation zone and relieve some of the pressure on manager Jesse Marsch.
But it could have an easier night had Bamford controlled a pass into him in the penalty area by Summerville when he had acres of space to get a shot off at goal.
“One pass, look, three against two again for Leeds,” said Shearer on Match of the Day (29 October, 25m10s).
“I know Liverpool are creating chances but so are Leeds.
“Aaronson, good ball into Summerville. But better touch there, I mean, that’s a terrible touch from Bamford. That should be a tough and an effort away at goal. Better touch and they’re in.”
Not good enough
Bamford can do all the right things in a game.
He can complete every pass, he can get an assist, he can bully defenders, he can drop deep to link up play and he can win free-kicks and penalties.
But his biggest struggle is scoring goals.
Other than our first season in the Premier League, Bamford has been wretched at taking the big chances.
It feels as though he’s barely played this season but he already leads the way in the Premier League for big chances missed (9).
We cannot moan about his performance at Anfield because we won 2-1 but the striker does really need to start taking his chances and getting on the scoresheet.
Leeds need to sign a new striker within the next year and his spot in the starting line-up has already come under threat from Rodrigo this term, who’s been far more prolific.
Bamford is looking bright. But he’s just got to start scoring.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared an update on a Leeds squad “mutiny” as Marsch gets ready for major behind-the-scenes changes.