Patrick Bamford’s efforts against Nottingham Forest have caused friction between some Leeds supporters, who took note in his statistics from the Championship fixture.
The Whites welcomed Forest to Elland Road on Saturday for the week two encounter, but were forced to share the points after Lewis Grabban struck his first goal of the season with his only shot of the game.
No player for either side fashioned more shots on goal than Bamford, however, with the 6ft forward striking six efforts toward Arijanet Muric’s net, according to data by WhoScored.
The second-most efforts by any player for either side came courtesy of United goalscorer Pablo Hernandez, who took three shots during his outing on the right-wing – edging teammates Barry Douglas and Liam Cooper, who were credited with two shots each.
Of Bamford’s efforts, only two were registered as being on target, with one blocked and three deemed to have been wide of the goal. The 25-year-old also lost each of his aerial duels, failed to complete his only attempted dribble and was dispossessed once.
Grantham-born Bamford registered the least touches of any player to have started the fixture, as well, with the 26 to his name less than both goalkeepers, and less than half of the next-lowest outfield Leeds player – Jack Harrison (56), who was substituted off after 73 minutes.
The former Middlesbrough man did register an 82% pass completion rate from eleven attempted passes, though, with his misplaced touch also landing at Mateusz Klich’s feet for the Poland international to feed Hernandez through for the opening goal.
But fans reacting on social media to Bamford’s numbers against Forest have shown clear division, with some noting that this was only the second game of the season, and that he looks much more willing to run than he did following his summer switch in 2018.
Here’s how these fans reacted to his numbers against Forest…