Patrick Bamford’s wastefulness cost Leeds United the game in last night’s defeat to West Ham.
That is according to former Leeds striker and boyhood fan Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the 27-year-old finished the match having failed to hit the target with any of his four shots at goal.
He also made just one accurate forward pass, lost the ball eight times and lost 59 per cent of his 17 duels (Wyscout).
West Ham won the game 2-0, meaning 11th-place Leeds have taken just three points from the last 15 available.
Whelan lamented Bamford’s misses at a crucial stage in the game and insisted than Marcelo Bielsa’s side could have got a result had it not been for his performance.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “You look at the chances that Bamford had right at the beginning of the second half, the miss on the 18-yard line, say.
“We had chances even at 2-0 down to go and win that game. I think we saw a Bamford where it just wasn’t working out for him.
“We’ve seen absolute worldies from him this season and harder finishes than the ones he had last night.
“I think we saw the frustration in him last night. He knows he should have done a lot better. Nine times out of ten, he puts these chances in the back of the net.
“If we’d got that goal at the beginning of the second half then their 2-0 lead doesn’t look as comfortable.
“That was a pivotal moment in the game. If we brought that back, at the end of the day, you could be coming away from London with a point minimum and you change the whole aspect of the game.
“In any league, it’s crucial to put chances away, but in the Premier League, even more so. You’re giving people a headstart by giving away poor goals.
“That’s where you compare people like Harry Kane and Patrick Bamford. You put money on Kane scoring both of those.”
Bamford had a night to forget on Monday but has generally been prolific since earning promotion from the Championship with Leeds last season.
He has netted 13 goals in the Premier League in 2020-21, ranking him joint-fourth in the scoring charts.