Luke Ayling suggests that the Leeds United squad are really pleased that Patrick Bamford has enjoyed a successful season.
The striker has 12 goals and his recent form has sparked discussion about a potential England call-up.
Bamford is a player Ayling knows well as they are into their third season together, so he was not afraid to poke some fun at his teammate.
Appearing on BBC Radio Leeds, Ayling was asked if he was hard to play against in training. (06:40), “Nah, he’s easy to play against,” Ayling joked.
“Us boys inside the changing room know that he’s got the quality and know that he can score the goals.
“You can see the quality that he’s got, he’s scored some great goals.
“He scored a great poacher’s goal the other day where the keeper saved it and he’s straight onto it.
“The boys are so happy for him as he’s taken stick over his whole career really that maybe he’s too nice, he’s too that. For him to score 12 goals is brilliant.”
The right characteristics
It is brilliant to see Bamford doing so well.
He has adapted superbly to Premier League football and in some ways it seems to suit him better than the Championship.
Bamford is on course to score more goals than the 16 he managed last term, and the addition of Raphinha in the summer seems to have raised his game.
The pair have linked up effectively in recent games against Crystal Palace and Leicester.
Bamford, however, is far too humble to take all the credit.
That gives an insight into the striker’s mindset and how his positive outlook effects his game.
He is not willing to take all the glory and his down to earth attitude probably helps him to maintain his spirit when things do not go his way.
Even after defeats he seems happy and determined to improve if his podcast appearances are anything to go by.
That desire is likely a big factor in his performances this year.
Bamford built a reputation for missing chances last season – something Ayling mentions in the interview – yet he never let his head drop.
Even this year he has a worse goal conversion rate than the other top scorers in the league.
He does not let it affect him, though, and shows a desire to get back into scoring positions.
That has proven vital to our success and we look forward to seeing how many goals Bamford gets before the season ends.
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