By Mark Smith

28th Jun, 2020 | 7:00pm

'Fantastic' - BBC pundit showers praise on Leeds United ace after recent criticism

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford was back in the goals on Saturday as the Whites cruised to a 3-0 victory against Fulham at Elland Road.

The 26-year-old opened the scoring with a lovely low-driven shot into the bottom corner from just inside the box to set Leeds on their way back to the top of the Championship.

Bamford has faced a whole host of criticism in West Yorkshire since he arrived for his ability to miss seemingly simple chances, although Andy Reid has jumped to his defence recently.

The former Nottingham Forest man and BBC pundit heaped praise on Bamford for his all-round ability as a target man at Elland Road.

“You need to focus on what he’s good at,” he said on BBC Radio 5 Live.

“He’s got a lovely touch, he can be a decent finisher when he’s fully confident and some of the goals that he scores are absolutely fantastic.

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“He can be a really good link player, he runs really well in behind which stretches teams and gives other players more space to come in.”

Bamford didn’t have one of his better performances for Leeds this season on Saturday, and he struggled to hold the ball up.

The most important thing though was him finding the back of the net, especially given how hard of a chance it was to keep down and on target.

Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink wasn’t happy with the former Boro man, claiming that he wasn’t his usual self – not that any Leeds fans were complaining about that.

He was dragged off at half-time in a tactical switch, although Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed the striker will be available for Tuesday’s clash with Luton Town.

In other Leeds United news, Neil Redfearn has singled out one Whites player for admiration after moment of magic v Fulham