Leeds United forward, Patrick Bamford, has claimed Sheffield United lacked fight during last weekend’s game at Elland Road.
The Whites ran out 2-1 winners in the end but had enough chances to put the game firmly to bed before Ben Osborn scrambled an equaliser for the Blades.
Bamford, who was speaking to the official Leeds United Podcast this week, suggested the Blades ensured Leeds didn’t need to be at full tilt to win.
“As far as our games have gone, I think that was one of our worst. It sounds weird because we won but I don’t think we played particularly well, we were a little bit sloppy,” Bamford said.
“I think if we had been on top of our game and hadn’t taken our foot off the pedal it could’ve been 7 or 8-1. I don’t want to say they made it easy but they didn’t put up much of a fight.”
But while some United fans will take those comments from Bamford with a pinch of salt, there has to be some cause for concern.
Bamford’s comments should worry Sheffield United fans and Paul Heckingbottom
If there is one thing we’ve been used to this Sheffield United team doing in the last few seasons, it’s making life difficult for the opposition.
It’s very rare, if ever, that we’ve seen opposing players or managers suggest an easy day at the office for their team. United’s work rate, pressing, and willingness to stick to their 3-5-2 guns has often been lauded.
Bamford’s comments here should worry United supporters and Paul Heckingbottom. If the opposition is finding it easy to play against us, that’s something the team cannot afford to let set in.
In fairness to Bamford as well, you can see some examples of it. Namely from John Lundstram, who was spotted sauntering about on more than one occasion by eagle eyed supporters.
This, then, is something Heckingbottom and the senior United players need to address, and address quickly. People are expecting promotion next season but with a lack of workrate, a losing mentality, and opposition players fancying themselves against us, we won’t stand a chance.