Former Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford was full of praise for striker Patrick Bamford and has even given him tips on his finishing and positional play.

The Whites striker has impressed in the Premier League so far this season, with six goals from the opening six goals, including a hat-trick in their last match against Aston Villa.

Beckford left Leeds for Everton in 2010, but scored 84 goals for the club in 147 matches (via Transfermarkt).

Having already given the former Chelsea striker advice on his finishing and positional play this season, Beckford told inews that he loves Bamford, on and off the pitch.

“I love the guy and think he’s brilliant, on and off the field,” he said.

“If Patrick or any of the other lads ever need to reach out to me for any advice, I’m always here for them.”

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Proving the doubters wrong

Bamford has received a fair amount of criticism in recent years, with his record of 16 goals in 45 games last season leading people to suggest he would not score enough at the Premier League level (via WhoScored).

However, he has been outstanding so far and one of Leeds most important players, averaging 3.8 shots and 0.7 key passes per game.

He’s scoring just about his xG rate of 0.9 per 90 minutes [WyScout] and that’s a dramatic improvement over last season when he has was scoring just 0.36 goals per 90 minutes from an xG of 0.6.

He’ll be looking to continue his record of a goal-a-game average tonight at Elland Road.

Bielsa also likes Bamford for his work off the ball and how he allows the system to work around him.

With 12 goals scored in their opening six matches, this is clearly working well, and the early signs are that his partnership with summer signing Rodrigo is starting to bear fruit.

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