BBC pundit Noel Whelan has expressed his bemusement after Patrick Bamford was brought off during the Leeds United v Brighton game.
The English striker had a quiet outing at the Amex Stadium – failing to register a single shot on target.
He looked isolated for the entirety of the game and seldom had players making runs around him to help set up goal-scoring opportunities.
That being said, a number of Whites players struggled to get their feet into the game, and his substitution in the 58th minute confused many.
Whelan, speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, was asked if he was also surprised to see Bamford’s number up on the stroke of the hour-mark. He said, “Very, I thought Tyler was coming off. I’d have put Rodrigo in at 10, keep Bamford up there.
“I’ve got absolutely no idea [why Bamford was taken off]. I’m not sure what [Bielsa] saw because I saw people having bad games out there.
“I don’t think it was generally Patrick Bamford’s fault that he wasn’t getting the ball fed into him or any service or link-up play from wide areas. But your number 10’s meant to make that happen.”
Should’ve stayed on
Bielsa got a few things wrong in the Brighton game, and bringing off our biggest goal-scoring threat was one of them.
It’s hard to fault Bamford because there was no creativity around him, forcing him to drop extremely deep to even get involved in the game.
His heat map proves that point. Most of his touches came near the halfway mark – signs that the midfielders were unable to progress the ball to the final third on a consistent basis.
That could be down to Kalvin Phillips’ absence and our offence was hurt with Helder Costa and Raphinha missing too.
Graham Potter deservedly walked away with the plaudits, but on another day with few different decisions, we could have picked up something from the contest.
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