Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is “full of admiration” for Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford.

Bamford has started the Premier League season superbly, scoring six goals in his first seven games and will look to better that at Selhurst Park.

Hodgson spoke of his quality on Friday, claiming that the Eagles will need to pay close attention to stop him from finding the back of the net.

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Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Hodgson admitted that Bamford is full of quality, especially his tireless work-rate.

His performances for Leeds in helping them achieve promotion and the way he has started this season with not only goals, his ability to lead the line and his work-rate – I am full of admiration for what he has done,” he said.

“I am very sure everyone at Leeds is full of admiration for what he has done and it is our job to keep him quiet but we know it won’t be easy because of the qualities he possesses.”

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Things seem to be blowing hot and cold for Bamford at this moment in time.

After scoring three of the best against Aston Villa, the 27-year-old then went on to blank against Leicester, missing two clear-cut chances.

This isn’t the time to get on his back, with his start to the season more than anyone could have expected and for that, he must be praised.

Bamford has scored the same number of goals as Harry Kane this season, but has an even better goal conversion rate according to the BBC – that doesn’t go unnoticed.

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