Jamie Carragher was left waxing lyrical about Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford on Monday night after his display, as he helped his team record a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
The £10million (BBC) striker scored the second goal in the win at Elland Road that lifted them to 10th in the league table.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have now won three of their last four top-flight matches to climb into the top half and are now being ambitious about where they could finish this season.
Pundit Carragher singled out Bamford after his recent performance, explaining that there has always been question marks about whether or not he could cut it at the top level.
After developing as a player in the Championship for much of his career, he’s now making the most of his opportunity by being the leading frontman for Leeds.
He’s netted 12 Premier League goals in 22 games so far this campaign, with only five players in the division scoring more than him.
“The fact [Bielsa] stuck with him told me that he did so much more for the team than just scoring goals,” Carragher said on Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (10:06pm, 8 February.)
“He’s always been questioned at this level. Is he aggressive enough? I think a lot of things have been thrown at him at different times through his career at a few different clubs.
“I just think the journey he’s been on, the team he’s playing for, the effort beside the goals he puts in, leading the line and he’s just in a brilliant run of form. It’s just great to see.”
Before this season, Bamford had only been given a small taste of Premier League football, struggling at previous clubs to break into their XI and get any serious minutes.
But he’s now the talisman for a Leeds team that are exceeding expectations this season and he does such a brilliant job leading the line.
He reacted first against Palace to tap in a simple finish inside the box, plus he’s someone that runs his socks off for 90 minutes with his pressing from the front, as well as his movement to run in behind defences.