By Kevin Phillips

26th Sep, 2021 | 4:00pm

Phillips can't believe 'crazy' Leeds transfer decision after Phil Hay reveal

Leeds United were “crazy” not to sign another striker to compete with and provide cover for Patrick Bamford in the summer transfer window.

That is the view of 2000 European Golden Shoe winner Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about how Marcelo Bielsa’s side faired in the absence of the 28-year-old.

Bamford missed Saturday’s 2-1 loss to West Ham with an ankle injury.

In his absence, Rodrigo Moreno was moved into the centre-forward role for the clash at Elland Road.

As reported by Phil Hay (September 25th), Rodrigo continually dropped deep during the defeat, with Mateusz Klich having a higher average position than the Spain international in the first half.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his thoughts on the loss in Bamford’s absence, Phillips said:

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“Defensively, Leeds have been struggling but [Charlie] Cresswell has come in and done really well.

“From an attacking point of view, I think it is crazy that they did not sign another out-and-out striker to compete with Bamford and to provide cover for him if he was to get injured.

“Every player at some point gets injured. It is very rare that they don’t and it’s happened.

“It was interesting to see Rodrigo playing up there.

“It was another poor result at the end of the day and you have to say it could be a bit of a slog for Leeds this season. They need to stop shipping goals. Who is going to step up and score the goals if Bamford is out?”

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