Aaron Mclean suggests Leeds United may have been fortunate for Rodrigo’s goal against Norwich City to stand on Sunday.
Rodrigo grabbed Leeds’ first goal with Jesse Marsch as their manager but in the build-up to the goal, Patrick Bamford found himself in an offside position.
Although Diego Llorente’s long ball wasn’t touched by Bamford, Sky Sports pundit McLean feels as though the Leeds striker had an impact on Ozan Kabak’s ability to header the ball.
As shown in a clip on Sky Sports Football’s Twitter account on Sunday, ex-Bradford player Mclean said: “It’s a really good goal, actually.
“Llorente just plays a long ball downfield towards Bamford.
“Bamford is offside but he doesn’t go and challenge for the ball so as Kabak heads it, he affects Kabak’s header.
“So he heads it and Daniel James is the first onto it, a little chest forward and then Rodrigo comes in and just smashes the ball.
“It hits the back of Gibson’s calf and that takes it into the bottom left-hand corner past Tim Krul.
“The Norwich bench are absolutely incensed because they feel it should’ve been given offside.
“One of the technical staff of Norwich gets booked but Leeds have got their 1-0 lead and they’re looking good for it.”
It’s a tough one and we can see why the VAR would not have overruled the decision by the on-field officials as it was a close one.
Bamford was in an offside position when Llorente’s ball went forward but did he really have that much of an impact on Kabak’s ability to head the ball?
That’s definitely up for debate but Mclean definitely sounds as though he thought the Leeds striker impeded Kabak.
Leeds were superb in that first half and should have really scored a lot more than they did against Norwich.
Bamford going off at half-time and not really being fully fit didn’t help as you could tell that he wasn’t going to be firing on all cylinders.
With Dan James, Rodrigo and Raphinha doing well around him, you’d have expected Bamford to thrive but maybe he’s been rushed back – and maybe he’s going to be out for more time now as a result.
Bamford should not be rushed back because we’ve already seen this season what can happen when that happens at Leeds.
In other Leeds United news, a blogger has shared what staff are saying about Marsch behind the scenes at Elland Road.