By Craig Scott

28th Oct, 2020 | 7:10pm

'100%' - Sky pundit blown away by 'Ronaldo-esque' Leeds player who 'caught everybody off-guard'

Sky Sports pundit Jermaine Beckford has hailed Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford for his “Ronaldo-esque” goal in the 3-0 win against Aston Villa on Friday night.

Bamford, 27, scored his first Premier League hat-trick at Villa Park to take his tally for the season up to six goals in six top-flight matches.

The centre-forward, who was widely criticised in the Championship last term, has earned huge plaudits for his performance and Beckford was impressed with his second goal in particular.

Speaking on LUTV with host Emma Jones, Beckford talked through how wonderful a finish it was by Bamford after agreeing with Jones’ claim that the Leeds man doesn’t score many goals like that.

She said: “That second goal, that’s the one that everybody seems to be talking about. It’s a goal we’ve not really seen from Patrick before, that kind of goal, isn’t it?”

Beckford replied: “You know what? Absolutely. You’re 100 per cent right.

“We’re used to seeing him poaching in the box. Most of goals come within the width of the six-yard box and out to the penalty spot. No further out than that.

“But we saw a goal from the edge of the 18-yard box with very little backlift and he caught everybody off-guard.

“The way he took it, it was almost Ronaldo-esque in terms of how he made his connection with the ball. He cut across it with his left foot but he didn’t catch it with the side of his foot, he almost caught it with his heel.

“If you watch it from behind, the ball shifts from the right and to the left. It’s an absolutely brilliant finish.”

You cannot argue with Jones and Beckford for saying that most of Bamford’s goals come inside the penalty area.

According to stats by WhoScored, nine of Bamford’s 16 goals in the Championship last season were from inside the six-yard box and none were outside of the penalty area.

Out of the six he’s netted this term in the Premier League, only one of them has been inside the six-yard box with that one against Villa coming outside of the 18-yard box.

Bamford attracted a lot of criticism last season for failing to convert all the chances that came his way in the Championship.

But the Leeds striker is now silencing those critics by averaging a goal every appearance.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are keen on signing this defensive midfielder with 21 caps for his country.