Sky Sports pundit dazzled by Leeds United pair Patrick Bamford and Mateusz Klich v Wolves
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk was blow away by the Leeds United combination that led to their winning goal against Wolves on Saturday (6 August).
Substitute Mateusz Klich slipped teammate Patrick Bamford in with a wonderful pass, before the striker produced a perfect cross for debutant Brenden Aaronson to finish off for a 2-1 victory, although the strike was eventually credited as a own-goal to Rayan Ait-Nouri.
The move completed the Whites’ fightback from an early deficit through Daniel Podence, after Jose Sa let a Rodrigo equaliser squirm underneath him, and killed off the visitors’ pressure that had been building through the second half, and Sky Sports pundit Sweetman-Kirk was impressed with what she saw.
Commentating live on the world feed of the match on Saturday (6 August) she said: “Klich, brilliant ball here through to Bamford. Then this from Bamford is sublime.
“It’s exactly what you want in a forward, it’s got pace on it, it’s behind the defenders so they can’t do anything with it because they know if they stick a toe out they’re probably going to stick it in.
“Finds his teammate Aaronson, and what a fantastic debut.”
She then added: “Bamford, love that ball in from him.”
Not only was it a move that turned the game on its head to snatch a valuable opening victory just as it looked like it would only be Wolves who found a winner, it gave a pair of Whites the glory after both have had difficulties.
Bamford’s fitness problems destroyed his 2021/22 season, and have put his place in the starting XI in doubt as the ability to rely on his availability is called into question.
Poland international Klich has had to contend with slowly regressing in significance since Jesse Marsch took over from Marcelo Bielsa.
There is speculation that he might even be headed for the Elland Road exit door with the World Cup around the corner.
But his second-half introduction against Wolves, as the first man off the bench, was notable for the fact that he was Marsch’s top choice to change the game, and that he helped to do so.
In comparison to new arrival Marc Roca who struggled badly in his Premier League debut, he had a very strong outing, so perhaps his future in West Yorkshire could stretch a while longer.
In other Leeds United news, Stan Collymore has predicted an improved finish in the top flight table this season.