Upon signing for Leeds United, despite boasting a great deal of early career guarantee, Patrick Bamford looked as if he might be a footballer who would never really fill his potential– a far cry from the player that the centre-forward has become under Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road.
Indeed, having been on Chelsea’s books from 2012 until 2017, the 28-year-old invested a huge portion of his profession being lent from club to club, with his more significant campaigns coming for MK Dons in the very first half of the 2013/14 season (14 objectives over 23 League One appearances), Derby County in the second half of 2013/14 (8 objectives over 21 Championship components) and Middlesbrough in 2014/15 (17 objectives over 38 Championship looks).
However, there were likewise a variety of not successful spells at clubs such as Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Burnley, with the forward stopping working to score throughout 16 Premier League appearances for those 3 clubs– something which might have cast doubt as to whether Bamford was cut out for top-flight football.
Nevertheless, following his initial ₤ 7m relocate to Leeds from Middlesbrough back in 2018, this is a track record that the 28-year-old has actually massively conquered, with Bielsa turning Bamford into an exceptionally respected striker.
Undoubtedly, over his 22 Championship appearances in the Argentine’s very first season at the club, the forward bagged nine goals, registered 2 helps and created one huge chance for his colleagues– returns which saw the hitman earn a seasonal SofaScore match ranking of 6.91.
Bamford continued his upward trajectory the following term, bagging 16 goals, supplying 2 helps and developing 6 huge chances over his 45 Championship components in the Whites’ promotion-winning project– figures which saw the striker make a typical SofaScore match rating of 6.88.
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