'Looks like a man now' – Exclusive: Pundit says Bielsa has 'completely' transformed Leeds player
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 thinks that Marcelo Bielsa has completely transformed Patrick Bamford and says he “looks like a man on the pitch now”.
Bamford has been the striker of choice for Bielsa all season but has come in for criticism from fans after misfiring in front of goal.
He’s got 13 league goals for the season but arguably should have more than 20 by now with all the chances Leeds have created.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Bielsa really likes him, you can see that. And Patrick is the sort of player who needs that support.
“He’s 26 and he’s almost had as many clubs as his age. He’s been on loan every year and never found a home. This is the longest he’s stayed at any club and you can see the relationship he has with his manager is very important. Bielsa gets the best out of him.
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“I played with him at Burnley and he’s definitely a different player now to what he was. He’s more confident, he’s stronger, Bielsa has improved his all-round game. He looks like a man on the pitch now.
“Yes, he’s guilty of missing chances but his performance and work rate is there. I’m sure Patrick will be an integral part of his plans next season. He’s a completely different proposition.
“He’s 26 and he’s had 10 clubs, that tells you something but he seems to have found a home under Bielsa. He’ll have to fight for his place, whether it’s Augustin that stays or they bring another striker… I think they’ll need three.”
Bamford is going to get another chance in the Premier League by the looks of it and if he can improve his goals-chances ratio he could be a brilliant player.
His finishing has to improve but in Bielsa he’s found a manager who is ready to stick by him and that’s exactly what he needs.
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