By Mark Smith

29th Aug, 2021 | 3:45pm

Roy Keane blasts Patrick Bamford in Leeds clash v Burnley

Leeds United were hit with a COVID-19 outbreak in the build-up to their Premier League clash with Burnley this afternoon.

Junior Firpo and Mateusz Klich were forced out, meaning a chance was handed to Rodrigo in the final third.

Patrick Bamford would surely have invited that, with more attacking options around him to create chances at Turf Moor.

That isn’t really how it worked out, with few chances for either side being created on the counter-attack – but he did finally get his goal.

Roy Keane was in the Sky Sports studio for Super Sunday and he wasn’t left impressed with Bamford when the first chance finally arrived.

“Lovely idea,” he said initially.

“Maybe Bamford could let it run, it was poor quality on his first touch. As the game is getting stretched, this is where Leeds will be at their best.

“Bamford, maybe, needs to get a shout to let it run.”

Sloppy.

Leeds are more than enough chances while breaking from deep, especially in the opening 45 minutes at Turf Moor.

They usually ended at Bamford, and his decision making just wasn’t as sharp as it has been in the past at the crucial moment.

On this occasion, he took a heavy touch when a one-on-one was gaping and asking to be smashed home to give the Whites the lead at that stage.

Going into his first senior England call-up next week, Bamford finally got the goal he was wanting despite the lack of quality in his display – that is all that counts.

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