Andrea Radrizzani messaged Patrick Bamford to thank him for his “sacrifice” after he was substituted during Leeds’ win at Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.
That is something that the striker himself has revealed, with Bamford comments highlighting just how much that victory meant to the Leeds United owner.
Bamford’s game came to an end just before half time at The Etihad on Saturday, with the striker substituted so that Leeds could introduce another defender – Pascal Struijk – to the match, in the wake of the sending off of centre back Liam Cooper.
That had come just minutes after Stuart Dallas had opened the scoring for Leeds, and although City equalised through Ferran Torres with 15 minutes remaining in the game, Dallas’ second of the match in stoppage time sealed a memorable win for the Whites.
Now it seems as though Radrizzani was certainly keen to let Bamford know of his appreciation for the striker giving up his place on the pitch, in order for Leeds to carry out Bielsa’s game plan to get the win with ten men.
Speaking about the text he received from Radrizzani after the game, Bamford told The Official Leeds United Podcast: “I actually got a message from Andrea saying ‘thank you, thank you, sacrifice yourself for the team – well done.’”
Explaining his response to that message, Bamford added: “I did not choose to come off! But I replied, ‘it is for a great cause, great win’,”
I think this has got to be really good to see for those of a Leeds United persuasion.
The fact that Radrizzani has taken the time to send a message such as this to Bamford, shows just how passionate he is about the club, and how much results like that mean to him.
Indeed, that commitment to the club, and the fact that he thinks about the situation of individual players, such as Bamford here, can only be a huge morale boost for the squad, given they know that they themselves have the backing of the owner to such an extent.
That of course can only be a good thing for Leeds, and will no doubt help the club to push forward from this with the positivity it should help instill around Thorp Arch and Elland Road.