Patrick Bamford has revealed that ahead of his second season with Leeds United he opted to become the wind-up merchant of the Sky Bet Championship, as he aimed to give himself something different when he’s not scoring goals.
Leeds top the Championship and Bamford tops their personal goalscoring chart with 13 goals this season. However, there’s so much more to the striker’s game these days: his work ethic, ability to hold the ball up, harass defenders and, most importantly to some, get on the nerves of opposition fans.
At Luton Town, Reading and Middlesbrough this season, Bamford has come out on top of ‘banter’ between fans and himself, which is a trait he decided to add to his game ahead of his second season at Elland Road.
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Sitting down with Leeds’ official media team, Bamford said: “I knew when I came to Leeds, I came to be the main number 9. Last year, with injuries and Roofey (Kemar Roofe) playing well, it was like I didn’t get a full season under my belt and get to where I wanted to be.
“So this year I was like, you know what, I need to bring something else. Hopefully I’m scoring goals all the time, and hopefully I’m playing well, but there needs to be something else that gives me an edge that helps the team out. Even if it’s just ruffling the away fans.
“My mum hates it, she goes mad at me for it, but I say ‘look it’s on the pitch’. When I’m off it, I’m just normal, but on the pitch, I need to do anything that can get an edge against the opposition. I’ve actually started to enjoy it to be honest.”
As mentioned, Bamford’s goals and all-round effort has helped Marcelo Bielsa’s side to the top of the Championship table this season.
The striker has missed only one fixture, helping Leeds to the brink of a memorable return to the Premier League.
Bamford has his critics at Elland Road and a lot of that comes down to his goalscoring.
However, his ability to get on the nerves of the opposition and their fans makes him a unique weapon for Leeds and, to be fair to him, he’s played the role fantastically well.
You can’t deny, as a Leeds fan, it’s the part of Bamford’s game you enjoy most.
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