Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford had an evening to remember on Friday as he scored a sensational hat-trick in the 3-0 Premier League win over Aston Villa.
After a goalless first half in the Midlands, the 27-year-old slotted home on the rebound in the 55th minute following Rodrigo’s saved effort.
Bamford then smashed in a stunning left-footed strike from the edge of the box on 67 minutes before curling home a deft effort inside the box seven minutes later.
Prior to this season, the Whites forward had scored just once in 27 Premier League appearances, but now he has six in six.
And BBC Sport pundit Chris Sutton took to Twitter expressing his regret in not putting Bamford in his fantasy football team despite his assistant urging him to before kickoff:
I feel sick as my assistant told me to get Patrick Bamford into our fantasy team and I told him to not to be so silly…
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) October 23, 2020
While Sutton’s tweet is light-hearted, it’s interesting to see just how many people Bamford is proving wrong, time and time again.
Even as Leeds got promoted last term, some fans didn’t think Bamford was clinical enough at Championship level.
Plenty more people then questioned whether he’d be able to cut it in the Premier League.
Needless to say, the Whites striker has answered his critics in style.