Jermaine Beckford has admitted his surprise that Leeds United took off Patrick Bamford in the 1-0 win against Everton.
Marcelo Bielsa replaced his main striker with Rodrigo in the final moments, and that led to an angry reaction from Bamford when leaving the field.
Bamford was chasing a record of scoring in the first five Premier League away games of the season, and missed numerous chances in Merseyside.
Speaking on the Doing a Leeds podcast, Beckford admitted that he would have left Bamford on the pitch at Goodison Park.
“There’s a level of selfishness too it,” he said.
“I’ll be honest, I was quite surprised that Bielsa took him off – he should have just left him stay on, he had the legs to carry on.
When questioned whether or not the Whites needed to some use of Rodrigo, who was sitting on the bench, Beckford disagreed.
“Bring him in the next game.”
Bielsa has already had to deal with one negative reaction from Pablo Hernandez this season, and the Spaniard was dropped after his tantrum in the Leicester defeat.
Bamford’s was different. We believe that he was questioning the decision of Ezgjan Alioski not to slip him the ball when clean through on goal only minutes before.
The 26-year-old has been nothing short of incredible this season and has well-and-truly silenced his critics from last season in the Championship.
Bamford has a better shot accuracy than Harry Kane according to the BBC and is rubbing shoulders with the Premier League’s best in the scoring charts.
The most important thing was taking home the three points, and Bamford will get the chance to find the back of the net once again on Saturday against Chelsea.
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