Clinton Morrison has shared that he didn’t feel Patrick Bamford was the right man to take the penalty for Leeds in their defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.
The Whites turned in a brilliant performance but fell foul to Bukayo Saka’s first-half strike, with Bamford missing the target with a second-half penalty.
And speaking live on Sky Sports [16 October], Morrison admitted that he didn’t think Bamford should have taken it after some “shenanigans” before it was taken by Aaron Ramsdale and Arsenal trying to put him off.
“It’s a miss from Patrick Bamford and to be fair he missed an easy chance before,” he said.
“I thought someone else might have took it, but he felt confident.
“Bamford stepped up, and there was a bit of shenanigans before, but he stepped up and he doesn’t hit the target. Drags the shot completely wide.
“I can’t say I didn’t want him to take it. I don’t care what footed you are, if you’re the penalty taker then you’re the penalty taker.
“But there was a bit of stuff happening before, trying to put Bamford off, and it looked like Ramsdale was trying to get in his head, and he just dragged the shot wide.
“Listen, anyone can miss penalties, he’s come on and he has made a difference, but he’ll be gutted that he’s missed that penalty.”
Bamford has never been someone who strikes you as a penalty taker, so the decision for him to be on them this season is a little bit baffling in all honesty.
He’s a proven goalscorer for Leeds but his lack of action over the last 12-18 months has been a big problem and with Jack Harrison, Luis Sinisterra, Brenden Aaronson and even Marc Roca on the pitch one of them should’ve stepped up.
But as the number nine and the man trying to win his place back, it’s no surprise he wanted to take it. He has to hit the target as a bare minimum however.
It shows he is confident, and the fact he would have taken the second penalty if it had stood despite missing earlier in the game shows that he is strong mentally, but we can’t afford to miss chances like that if we want to avoid relegation battles.
Ultimately it’s a defeat, but the performance was good and on another day we’d be much happier at the end of it all.