Leeds United: Jermaine Beckford expects Daniel Farke to take Patrick Bamford action
Jermaine Beckford expects Leeds United boss Daniel Farke to take Patrick Bamford off penalty duties after the forward’s miss against Stoke City.
Bamford’s wayward spot-kick 15 minutes from time in Wednesday’s (26 October) Championship contest proved costly as Stoke went on to claim a 1-0 victory.
Former Leeds striker Beckford defended the 30-year-old’s recent form, but believes he will now be way down the pecking order for penalties.
“I don’t think he will be on the next penalty. I think it will be [Joel] Piroe if he’s on the pitch, or Georginio Rutter,” Beckford told Sky Sports Main Event [25 October, 22:13].
“The last time Leeds were in the championship, I think he scored 17 goals.
“Goalscoring is what he does well, but his problem at the moment is maintaining a certain level of fitness. It’s just one of those things.”
Bamford is without a goal in five appearance for Leeds this season, while he has just one goal – against Bournemouth – since the start of April.
The one-cap England international’s lack of confidence was clear to see with the spot-kick he skied over the crossbar at bet365 Stadium.
If missing a penalty with the game all level was not already bad enough, team-mate Pascal Struijk put the ball into his own net five minutes later.
In fairness to Bamford, he also won the penalty and had every right to take it as Piroe was off the field at that point.
That is the third pen Bamford has missed since the start of 2022-23, the other two coming against Newcastle United and Arsenal [Transfermarkt].
It pretty much goes without saying that the former Chelsea player cannot stay on penalty duties with that type of record.
Whether it is Piroe, Rutter, Willy Gnonto, Crysencio Summerville or someone – anyone – else, Farke must ensure Bamford is nowhere near the next penalty.
In other Leeds United news, Lee Hendrie went on an on-air rant regarding a decision made by Farke against Stoke.