It was a night to remember for Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford on Friday.
The Whites striker scored his first hattrick for the club in the 3-0 win against Aston Villa, and once again silenced his doubters.
After being consistently questioned in the summer, Bamford proved that he is definitely a Premier League standard striker, scoring his sixth goal in as many games.
Bamford thanked Marcelo Bielsa after the game, claiming he is one of the first managers in his career to have shown faith in him.
It is clearly working, with the 27-year-old finding a new level of clinical finishing ever since earning promotion to the Premier League.
The striker was overwhelmed with messages after the game, with Tottenham’s Dele Alli sharing how proud he was of his former teammate.
“My brother,” he said. “So proud and happy for you.”
Bamford was everywhere and caused constant problems for a defence that had previously kept three clean sheets in four games.
The 27-year-old managed an unbelievable NINE shots on goal according to WhoScored but also delivered two key passes as he played the near-perfect performance.
Alli was Bamford’s teammate at MK Dons many years ago, and although he made it there quicker – the striker is certainly having the better experience of the two right now.
Should Bamford continue at this rate, he will be aiming for at least 15 goals this season, and why can’t he hit 20 goals and be with the best? That’s the aim.
In other Leeds United news, many fans blown away by immense 29-year-old v Aston Villa
Be sure to follow MOT Leeds News on Facebook for 24/7 updates on the Whites and more exclusive content with Paul Robinson.