Leeds United's second retirement verdict in 23/24 from Farke after QPR mauling

Daniel Farke has addressed the Patrick Bamford narrative going into Friday's Leeds United defeat -Credit:Steven Paston/PA Wire
Daniel Farke has addressed the Patrick Bamford narrative going into Friday's Leeds United defeat -Credit:Steven Paston/PA Wire

Retirement is what Leeds United fans wanted for Patrick Bamford on Monday morning and by Friday night he was their only hope of a victory, according to Daniel Farke. The 30-year-old had been on the end of a poor run of form heading into the Middlesbrough match, but a goal and win boosted his stock before his absence at Queens Park Rangers only boosted his stock even further.

On Thursday, ahead of the trip to the capital, Farke reported a bruise on the striker’s knee would make him a doubt for kick-off at Loftus Road. The blow had been picked up in the win on Teesside and the short turnaround gave Bamford little time to recover.

After watching his side be demolished by QPR on Friday, Farke was pushed for more details on the circumstances around Bamford’s exclusion by the media. The striker had travelled with the squad to London, but was not even fit enough to make the bench.

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“We tried everything,” said Farke. “We travelled even with one player more and did a little training session this morning, treated him this morning and over the day, but it was not possible because it was too painful and he couldn't sprint and then it makes no sense.”

Charlie Crew was the 20th man ready to step into the breach in the capital. Farke does not feel the assessment of Bamford’s impact should not be too extreme in either direction.

“I got the feeling sometimes we were quite quick [to change opinions],” he said. “Four days ago, before we played Middlesbrough, everyone wants to send Patrick Bamford into, whatever, retirement and then right now he's our only hope to win games.

“In both directions, we shouldn’t be too much over the line. We didn't lose this game just because of Patrick Bamford and didn't win the last game just because of Patrick Bamford.

“You know how much I trust him and I rate him and how important he is for us, especially with his experience. Sadly, today there was really no chance, although we tried everything.

“He missed training yesterday. Normally, I never travel with a player who misses the last training before the game. We tried everything and brought him with us.

“Also, big credit and compliments to our doctors and physios, who were more or less working 24/7, but today it was simply not possible.”