Michael Brown has picked out Leeds United duo Patrick Bamford and Helder Costa for their wastefulness against Luton Town on Tuesday night. 

The Whites created 23 opportunities against their relegation-threatened visitors, but had to settle for a share of the spoils after initially falling behind.

Two of the more obvious chances fell to Bamford and Costa, who both blamed their misses on the glare of the Elland Road floodlights.

And Brown cheekily suggested that the bizarre excuse will lead to a full inquest from famously meticulous manager Marcelo Bielsa.

Speaking on EFL on Quest (July 1st, 10.30pm, Quest), the ex-Whites midfielder said: “They are top of the league, but yes, there are opportunities going wasted.

“We saw Bamford and Costa in particular – and they blame it on the floodlights?

“I’m sure Marcelo Bielsa is now going to get hold of the person who does the floodlights and there’ll be a full meeting detailing everything going forward.

“You can imagine the detail – page after page about lightbulbs. Fantastic.”

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Brown’s comments may be a little tongue-in-cheek, but the root of what he’s saying here is spot on.

We have to find a way to address our wastefulness in front of goal.

Leeds should have steamrollered Luton on Tuesday night – not because they are better than them on paper, but because they played them off the park.

With almost 75% possession and an xG of 1.82 compared to Luton’s 0.82, as per Wyscout, there should only every have been one winner.

Between them alone, Bamford and Costa had six shots with just one on target, not to mention the former’s bizarre bungled effort at a diving header from the latter’s cross.

That inefficiency in front of goal has to be addressed, because without it, who knows how far ahead we would be in the promotion race.

Even if we do go up, it could come back to haunt us in the Premier League.

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