Daniel Farke to hold private talks with Patrick Bamford after Leeds United incident in defeat v Stoke
Daniel Farke will have to have a quiet word with Patrick Bamford after he missed a penalty for Leeds United against Stoke City on Wednesday (25 October), according to Jon Newsome.
Speaking on BBC Radio Leeds on Wednesday (10:07pm), the pundit said the Whites boss has to tell the 30-year-old that he can’t take the penalties anymore because he doesn’t have a very good ratio.
He added that Leeds were “on the ascendency” after previous lacking tempo in the game, but he conceded that you can’t put all the blame on the English forward’s shoulders as his side fell to a 1-0 defeat at the bet365 Stadium.
“As a manager, you would think you would have to have a quiet word with him and say ‘look, I’m sorry, you can’t take anymore’,” said Newsome. “You really would have to because that’s not a very good ratio, is it?
“I think we were on the ascendency and, don’t get me wrong, you can’t just put it all down on his shoulders, I think for 75 minutes we were lacking tempo and weren’t on the front foot.”
Not good enough
It was far from good enough from Bamford because there is absolutely no excuse to not hit the target and at least work the keeper from a penalty.
After doing well to win the spot kick in the first place, the miss quickly took him from hero to villain and it showed he is lacking confidence at this moment in time.
The forward is currently behind Georginio Rutter and Joel Piroe in the pecking order and it will have done him no favours in his bid to earn his place back in the starting lineup.
While it wasn’t the sole reason behind why the Whites lost the game, it played a major role as they went behind to a Pascal Struijk own goal just minutes later.
Farke’s side simply have to manage these moments better and make sure they get something out of the match if they are to fight for a promotion place this season.
In other Leeds United news, a BBC pundit has shared a “ridiculous” admission amid the club’s promotion hopes.