By Anthony Onifade

31st May, 2023 | 9:10pm

Patrick Bamford exit suggestion at Leeds United shared by Phil Hay, 'it will look ridiculous'

Leeds United may have to think about saving Patrick Bamford from himself and avoid another “ridiculous” Elland Road onslaught from fans next season, according to Phil Hay.

It was a season to forget for Bamford, who managed just four goals in 28 Premier League appearances as Leeds suffered relegation to the Championship.

Bamford has been on the receiving end of some terrible online abuse and could now be headed for the Elland Road exit door, with Fichajes revealing on 5 April that he has already got proposals on the table for a transfer in the summer given the difficulties he’s faced.

And according to Hay, writing for The Athletic [31 May], the Whites may have to consider letting him go with the Leeds United faithful running out of patience with him,” Hay wrote.

“Leeds might have to think about saving Patrick Bamford from himself.

“This has been another extremely difficult year for him and there are surely only so many times you can dangle him in front of a crowd who are trying to be patient but seriously struggling.

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“It will look ridiculous if next season continues in the same vein.”

Time for exit

It’s unlikely the forward will want to be playing Championship football again, especially with his worrying injury record potentially facing more damaging consequences playing a 46-game season.

The Elland Road fan favourite has struggled to find his best form again this past year after returning from a long injury layoff back in February 2022, and Leeds United fans will admit he’s looked a shadow of his former self for a long while.

With a huge summer ahead for Leeds United, surrounding the potential 49ers Enterprises takeover and a major overhaul in the playing squad, the Whites will surely welcome any offers for Bamford’s services this summer.

At its best the marriage between Leeds and Bamford was perfect, but his poor injury record and decline in form means now is the right time to bring things to an amicable end.

Hay is absolutely right, Leeds United will have to save Bamford from any potential onslaught. It’s time to cut ties this summer, it is best for all parties involved.

In other Leeds United news, one youngster wants to quit Elland Road to play at a Premier League club next season.