Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford was our big money signing over the summer, coming in from Middlesbrough for a reported £7million and it’s not unfair to say his first year at Elland Road has seen ups and downs.
The 25-year-old former Chelsea trainee was heavily hit with injury in the 2018/19 campaign but he did still make 18 starting appearances across the season with a further seven showings from the bench. In those games, he chipped in with ten goals and two assists, and just as our year ended with disappointment after the Play-Off Semi-Final defeat to Derby County, he didn’t have great few final weeks either and he faced some stinging criticism from some sections of the crowd as frustrations rose and tempers won out.
With the curtain closed on the year, Bamford took to social media last week to reflect on the 2018/19 campaign, and although reactions were mixed to his message, rightly there was plenty of support.
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It wasn’t the ending we all dreamed of, but we have set standards and learnt a lot that will only make us stronger next year. Thank you for your continued support, after having missed 2/3 of this season with the knee injury I sustained, I’m already looking forward to next season and excited to see what we can achieve ???????? #mot
You have all made us proud fella great season with a sad ending but we will be stronger for it. Hopefully you can stay fit next season and lead us to promotion and prove some of those doubters wrong. Enjoy the rest as the hard work will start again soon ???????????????????? MOT
— Lee Maspero (@Leemo_LUFC) May 17, 2019
Dig deeper next year lad we will get there ALAW
— Johnny Duggan (@johnny66004735) May 17, 2019
Thanks for the message Pat. You will bag 20-25 next season and help us get promoted
— FOREVER LEEDS ???? (@FOREVERLEEDSMOT) May 17, 2019
I remember people were treating Chris Wood the same in his first season, then in his 2nd he blew the league away. Bamford has had a better first season than Wood, so hopefully he’ll have a better 2nd as well. #MOT
— David McGinlay (@Quigmeister) May 17, 2019
Please stay on your feet!!!
— Paul Bullimore (@bullimore41) May 17, 2019
i'm sorry for slagging you off after the game Patrick, it was a mix of anger and heart break, I still believe that you can hit top form next season, have a good rest
— Paul Milner (@paulmilner365) May 17, 2019
Just keep your arms down mate. Every challenge with a centre half it looks like u r all over them and bang it’s a foul.
— Marco Pace (@MPace68) May 17, 2019