Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has earned another impressive record this season, after his goal against Burnley gave him the title of most goals by a player for a newly promoted club at this stage of the season since 1999/2000.
The penalty, won and converted by Bamford on Sunday, was his 10th goal in 15 Premier League games this season, and was enough to see off one of his former sides in the shape of Burnley.
That was enough to crown him, at the 15 game stage, the most successful goalscorer for a recently promoted side in the last 20 seasons.
🎯 10 goals from 15 Premier League games! The most by a player for a newly promoted club at this stage of a season since 99/00! pic.twitter.com/jOybotKITX
— Leeds United (@LUFC) December 28, 2020
In a post on Twitter, Leeds shared a video of Bamford’s goals so far this season, accompanied with the stat, “10 goals from 15 Premier League games! The most by a player for a newly promoted club at this stage of a season since 99/00!”
The 99/00 statistic refers to Sunderland’s Kevin Phillips, who enjoyed a terrific start to the season for his newly promoted side on the way to scoring 30 Premier League goals and collecting the European Golden Shoe for his exploits.
Quite whether Bamford will be able to match that remains to be seen, but he has certainly made an impressive start to life back in the top division for Leeds.
Penalties will only help Bamford as he chases own record
If Bamford continues to take penalties for Leeds he has every chance of beating his record tally of 17 league goals for Middlesbrough, set in the 2014/15 season in the Championship.
Bamford’s 10 Premier League goals this season is the same as Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes, and only four players have more (Mohamed Salah with 13, Heung-Min Son, Jamie Vardy and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all with 11).
Vardy (6), Salah (5) and Fernandes (4) have all scored multiple penalties in the Premier League this season to boost their goalscoring records.
Bamford’s penalty on Sunday, meanwhile, was his first of the season, as he was chosen to take the penalty ahead of regular taker Mateusz Klich, who has two successful penalties to his name this season.
With skilful players such as Raphinha, Helder Costa and Rodrigo in the Leeds ranks, as well as terrific movement of his own, Bamford can be confident that he will have more opportunities to score from 12 yards this season and top up his goal tally.
If he does, he can be hopeful that he breaks his Leeds record of 16 league goals last season, and that will only help him as he hunts down the Premier League Golden Boot for himself.
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