'London again!' - Patrick Bamford opens up on Leeds United's capital 'curse'

Patrick Bamford has been speaking about Leeds United’s ongoing London “curse”.

Thursday, 18th February 2021, 10:38 am
Patrick Bamford of Leeds United. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The Whites haven’t won a game in the capital since December 2017, when they beat QPR 3-1 courtesy of a Kemar Roofe hat-trick.

Sunday’s 4-2 defeat against Arsenal means that the Marcelo Bielsa’s men are now without a win in their last 15 trips to the capital, losing 13 and drawing twice.

Reflecting on his side’s ongoing slump in London, Bamford told the Official Leeds United Podcast that it’s not something that he or his teammates are acutely aware of until after the final whistle.

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He said: “When we were running round the track today we were speaking about it, and Coops [Liam Cooper] was like, ‘I consider Luton London, and we won there’, so…

"We’ve still got West Ham away to play in London. You know what? I don’t actually know what that curse is.

"The players, we never speak about it going into a game, but in the showers after it’s brought up if we’ve lost – it’s ‘bloody hell, London again!’.

"We’ve got Fulham away as well actually, so we’ve got two more shots this year.”

Leeds have yet to pick up a point in London since they returned to the Premier League at the beginning of the season.

The Whites have been beaten by Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Arsenal away from home, conceding 14 goals in the process and scoring just four.

As Bamford points out, however, Bielsa’s side still have a couple of shots at redemption this term.

Leeds travel to face West Ham on March 6th, before facing Fulham at Craven Cottage on March 20th.