Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has admitted that he puts a lot of pressure on himself to score each week and admitted he is left “fuming” whenever he fails to score.
Talking on the Official Leeds United Podcast, Bamford said he was “frustrated” when he was taken off without scoring against Sheffield United last week.
“I still put pressure on myself to score,” Bamford said.
“If I don’t score a goal, even in the Premier League, if I haven’t scored one week I’m fuming.
“I’m still putting pressure on myself to score. The manager isn’t one to put pressure on but he’s pushing me to keep improving.
“It sounds daft, I wouldn’t have thought this at the start of the season, but to see Harry Kane score 19 goals, I’m starting to panic, that’s five goals more, I’m going to have to start pulling my finger out.”
Big improvement in the PL
It’s been quite a season for Patrick Bamford.
Joint-fourth in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot, Bamford has also been talked about as a potential England player, with Gareth Southgate saying he was unlucky not to make his last squad.
That’s an emphatic answer to the critics who said he wasn’t going to be good enough at this level.
There’s still room for improvement.
Bamford has scored 14 goals in the Premier League but has an xG of 17. If he’d converted all his chances he’d be breathing down the neck of Harry Kane. [WyScout]
Last season was worse, though, when he scored 16 but had an xG of 25.
That suggests a big improvement in his finishing and that was certainly on display when he scored a quite brilliant hat-trick earlier in the season against Aston Villa.
A goal against Man City on Saturday would certainly put him back on the map.
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