'Huge' – Exclusive: Pundit claims Leeds ace 4x better under Bielsa than when he played with him
We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…
Paul Robinson has said that Patrick Bamford is now “three or four times the player he was” when he played with him at Burnley.
The Leeds striker has come in for sustained criticism through the season from fans after misfiring in front of goal.
However, Marcelo Bielsa has stuck by him despite it leading to Arsenal recalling Eddie Nketiah over lack of game time.
Bamford has kept January signing Jean-Kevin Augustin on the bench, too, with the new striker still waiting for his first start.
Bamford recently said that he wanted to stay at Leeds for the next five years and, talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “It’s always good when a player likes where he’s at.
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“Patrick’s been a bit of a journeyman before now. He’s 26 and he’s had eight different clubs. He’s not settled anywhere before but he’s a player who’s got a huge abundance of talent.
“Coaches will watch him and think they can get the best out of him because he’s got so much talent as a footballer.
“Bielsa seems to be the manager that he’s clicked with, he’s comfortable there.
“The way he plays, he should still score more goals, his conversion rate is nowhere near good enough. But his all-round performance has hugely improved under Bielsa.
“I was with him at Burnley and he’s three or four times the player he was at Burnley. The only thing he needs to improve is his scoring. Everything else that he provides, he’s held that shirt down even when he was under pressure.
“He always gets picked and to have that rapport with the manager is great for Bamford.”
Bamford has scored 13 goals in 36 Championship games this season and many Leeds fans don’t think that’s enough – especially given the number of chances he’s had.
However, if Leeds do get promoted, those 13 goals will go down in the record books as the ones that got the club back in the top-flight and we think it ensures Bamford will get another chance in the Premier League under Bielsa.
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