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Marcelo Bielsa singles out praise for Leeds United player after match-winning display v Blackburn

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Leeds United kept the pressure on their promotion rivals after a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road on Saturday. 

Patrick Bamford ended his brief goal drought in the game, as he opened the scoring after 30 minutes from the penalty spot.

In a post-match press conference (quotes sourced from Leeds Live), Bielsa issued high-praise for Bamford after this latest display and labelled him as ‘a big character’.

“I think this player is a big character, big personality.

“And he took the responsibility to score again and it wasn’t easy for him.”

The goal was Bamford’s fifth league goal of the season, and he’ll be hoping to recapture his best form in front of goal as the season heads into the festive period.

There have been plenty of calls for Eddie Nketiah to start ahead of Bamford in Bielsa’s squad, but with the Arsenal loanee out injured, it seems as though it’s the perfect opportunity for the Leeds forward to show the Elland Road faithful what he can offer their team this season.

Nketiah has scored as many goals as Bamford so far this season, despite the youngster not starting a league game so far in this year’s campaign.

Leeds are next in action after the international break when they take on Luton Town, in a game where they’ll be expected to pick up another three points to strengthen their grip on a place inside the top-six.

The Verdict: 

Bamford will be delighted to end his goal drought.

He’s clearly struggled for confidence in front of goal, but he’ll be keen to build on this impressive showing as the season heads into the festive period.

With Eddie Nketiah out injured at the moment, this could be the perfect time for Bamford to show Bielsa what he can offer the Leeds team.


Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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