Some Leeds United fans have been mocking Patrick Bamford on social media after the striker claimed he does not have the patience to play Football Manager.
Bamford was speaking on BBC 5 Live Sport on Tuesday night on how he is dealing with life in limbo amid the coronavirus pandemic, and stated (via Adam Pope) that he is putting everything into perspective as “people’s lives are stake”.
The Grantham-born forward also added that he expects to be able to maintain his general fitness whilst the season is on pause, although a four to five-week period will be needed for players to regain their match fitness.
In the meantime, the 26-year-old has revealed that he is keeping himself occupied by playing Call of Duty, as he does not have the patience to play games like Football Manager.
Bamford, whom we signed from Middlesbrough for £10million in 2018, had been a key man in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans before the EFL announced that all remaining fixtures would be postponed, having started 35 of his 36 Championship appearances and scoring a team-high 13 goals.
Fans have not taken that into account as they reacted to Bamford’s claims of not having the patience to play Football Manager and instead favouring Call of Duty, with suggestions that he does have the patience to miss a myriad of chances to score instead.
Bamford has directed more of his shots off target this season than any other second-tier player, with WhoScored data showing the 26-year-old as shooting wide with 61 of his 123 efforts. Sofa Score figures also show the forward as spurning a league-high 25 big chances to score.
Football Manager has been a favourite way for fans and players alike to waste many of hours during the coronavirus pandemic, with the game recording a record 89,864 active users earlier in the month.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Bamford’s claim by mocking him…
— GM17 (@GlenLeeds08) March 23, 2020
Got the patience for scoring tho 🙂 sorry pat
— dans world (@JoesBible) March 23, 2020
Pat’s the sort of lad who gets shoved in a party cos someone forgot to turn “autofill” off and tells his mum he’s playing with his mates https://t.co/g5kCgF0f0w
— Ashley Hines (@randomtoe) March 23, 2020
Croquet Or Dressage
— DG 🦆 (@ellandduck) March 23, 2020
His mates must hate playing with him, missing shots all the time and that https://t.co/Gvzhu7cqdg
— Brad (@bdods_) March 23, 2020
Had him down as the Chess type
— James Purvis (@JamesPurvis21) March 23, 2020
— SNOWY (@HiImSnowy) March 23, 2020
In other Leeds United news, Bielsa is considering a summer swoop for a sought-after £12.6m-rated Premier League ace.