'Has made a lot of effort': Marcelo Bielsa delighted with £10m Leeds ace

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has praised Whites ace Patrick Bamford after he featured for England earlier this month.

The 28-year-old is playing the best football of his career at Elland Road, with 44 goals and 16 assists from 114 competitive Leeds appearances.

Bamford continued to have critics after playing a part in Leeds’ Championship title-winning campaign.

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However, he answered those critics in 2020-21, claiming 17 goals and eight assists in 38 Premier League outings.

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Bamford has begun well this season too, with a goal and an assist from the opening three league games.

The £10million man’s efforts led to Gareth Southgate calling him up for the World Cup qualifying triple-header just gone.

And last Sunday, Bamford earned his first England cap, playing just over an hour in the 4-0 win over Andorra.

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Earlier this week, Sky Sports published a Bielsa Q&A, where a fan asked how he felt when he heard Bamford had made the Three Lions squad.

“It gave me a lot of happiness because he is a man who has made a lot of effort and deserves that kind of recognition,” he replied.

Leeds are next in action on Sunday when they host Liverpool at Elland Road.

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