Darren Fletcher gushes over Patrick Bamford in Leeds win v Tottenham
Patrick Bamford grabbed his 15th goal of the Premier League season on Saturday as Leeds United beat Tottenham 3-1 at Elland Road.
Bamford, 27, latched onto a low cross into the box from Ezgjan Alioski to put the Whites ahead in the 42nd minute.
After he was substituted off and replaced by Rodrigo, who scored the final goal of the match late on, BT Sport commentator Fletcher paid tribute to the English striker.
“There’s Patrick Bamford who’s scored today. 15 Premier League goals this season, it’s the most scored for Leeds in the top-flight since Mark Viduka got 20 in 02/03,” said Fletcher on BT Sport 1 in the closing stages of the game on Saturday.
“He’s been one of the surprise performers this season in terms of what he’s ended up achieving. He’s been outstanding for Leeds.”
Steve McManaman replied saying: “Brilliant, he’s done really well. It’s not just his goals it’s his hold-up play, his link-up play with Roberts and his ability to bring Harrison and Dallas into the game from wide.”
We’re all surprised – Bielsa won’t be
Bamford has taken the Premier League by storm this season.
Last term, in the Championship, he was a frustrating figure as he missed a shed load of chances as the Whites won the title.
We all thought that he was going to be replaced by Marcelo Bielsa in the starting striker role in the summer and Rodrigo’s club-record arrival from Valencia added to that school of thought.
However, Bamford’s lit up the Premier League with 15 goals and eight assists in 35 Premier League appearances.
He should really be in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the European Championships in the summer, especially with Dominic Calvert-Lewin in such poor form as of late.
Bamford shows that Bielsa knows best and if he has enough time with a player, he can improve them by leaps and bounds.
That’s what has happened with Bamford this season.
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