MOT view: Bielsa faith repaid as Leeds 27y/o flying in the Premier League
Leeds United star Patrick Bamford continues to defy the odds this season after his outstanding display in the 3-1 win at Leicester.
His sublime second-half strike took him to eleven league goals in 2020/21, just one behind England captain Harry Kane.
It was a big win for Marcelo Bielsa’s men, who are now looking to make it three wins in a row for the first time since getting promoted.
The Whites are sat comfortably in twelfth position after 21 games played, currently 15 points above the bottom three.
It’s a big testament to the squad for their continued belief and hard work under the Bielsa regime. The manager demands high intensity in his one-to-one marking system, but his players continue to shine.
Possibly benefitting the most is Bamford. The striker is having a fine season in the Premier League after being doubted by many for so long.
After going four games without a goal he was back to his very best at the King Power Stadium on Sunday. He assisted for Stuart Dallas and Jack Harrison either side of his goal in the second half.
As well as three-goal involvements, Bamford completed 86% of passes and 75% of dribbles successfully [WyScout]. He also made four interceptions and two recoveries.
It was a man of the match performance from the number nine. He finally looks at home in the top-flight after a few failed attempts.
Having come through the youth ranks at Chelsea, he had stints in the Premier League with Crystal Palace, Norwich, Burnley and Middlesborough but was mostly underwhelming.
Bielsa’s faith in Bamford has been repaid, with a good couple of years in the Championship and now his form this season.
With 15 goals and assists combined in the league, the Englishman is ranked fifth highest in the division. He’s behind only Kane, Fernandes, Salah and Son.
He’s joint second for the most shots on goal with 64, and has had the most headed attempts with 20.
There’s no doubting the threat he now poses compared to previous stints in the Premier League.
It’s been clear for so long that Bamford is a confidence player. He’s on cloud nine at the moment and it’ll be interesting to see what he’s achieved come May.