Jermaine Beckford has told Sky Sports’s live post-match coverage of Leeds United’s win over Stoke City (broadcast on 9/7; 19:12) that he suggested to Patrick Bamford that he should be a little more selfish when he spoke to the striker after the Whites’ recent victory at Blackburn.
Bamford has been superb for much of the season for Marcelo Bielsa’s side. He tops their goalscoring charts by some distance, and the work that he does appears to be vital to how the team play.
He has come in for some criticism at times for not being clinical enough. But he has silenced many of his doubters since the resumption of the season, with three goals in his last five games.
And following his latest goal – a stunning strike to seal the 5-0 win against the Potters at Elland Road – Beckford admitted that he recently told the Englishman that he wanted to see more of his ruthless streak in front of goal.
“I briefly had a chat with him after the Blackburn game and said: ‘I’m not going to take anything away from what you’re being told or taught, but just be a little bit more selfish’. Ultimately, you’re getting judged on goals, you’ve got 14 – this was prior to today – try and build on that,” he told Sky Sports.
“Patrick Bamford’s one of these players, he always wants to learn. He takes on a lot of information. And we can see the contribution that he makes to this Leeds United team. Without him in the team, Leeds are a completely different kind of team.”
It would be wrong to completely ignore some of the chances that Bamford has missed at times during the season. But his 16 goals only tell part of the story regarding the contribution he has made throughout the campaign.
His goal against Stoke was the icing on the cake. But he had broken the deadlock in both of Leeds’ previous two wins following the season’s resumption.
And you would imagine that Bamford will continue to play a vital role if Leeds are now going to go on and get across the line in the promotion race.