In a summer of change at Leeds United, there were wholesale changes at Elland Road, with Marcelo Bielsa taking charge of the Yorkshire-based giants.
One of the signings that Bielsa made in his first transfer window in charge, was a multi-million pound deal for Middlesbrough for Patrick Bamford.
See how some of the Elland Road faithful reacted to his arrival at the time on Twitter below.
— Benjamin Thornton (@BenjaminTlufc) July 31, 2018
— Phil Kernan (@KernanPhil) July 31, 2018
Absolutely thrilled with that one, nice one.
— FionaCK ???????? (@FionaCK) July 31, 2018
Great signing even more so with the likes of Harrison Douglas ayling pablo saiz putting balls through who’s next ????
— jason dennison (@jasondennleeds) July 31, 2018
— BilloMOT???????? (@KevBillo) July 31, 2018
So it’s fair to say that Leeds fans had high hopes for Bamford when he arrived at Elland Road, and he’s scored some crucial goals for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this season.
But the former Chelsea forward has struggled for consistency with Leeds this season which will be frustrating for both Bamford and the Leeds supporters.
Many would have thought that Bamford would be the striker that would provide the goals to fire Leeds back into the Premier League, but this hasn’t always been the case.
With Kemar Roofe being ruled out through injury for a large part of this season, Bamford had some big shoes to fill, with Roofe being Leeds’ main outlet for goals for the first-half of this year’s league campaign.
But Bamford hasn’t scored as many as he would have liked for the Whites, which has meant they’ve dropped valuable points at a crucial stage of the season.
Leeds now find themselves third in the Championship table and could miss out on an automatic promotion place if Sheffield United are to beat Ipswich Town this weekend.
Leeds fans will be wondering what could have been if Bamford had hit the ground running, as it could have been a completely different season, with Bielsa’s side potentially already having secured their place back in the top-flight.
He’s certainly not lived up to the hype for Leeds this season, but Bamford will be hoping he can score the goals to fire them to promotion this season, even if that is via the play-offs.