Leeds United have enjoyed a superb return to the Premier League following promotion last season and they currently sit sixth in the table with 11 points from six games.
Despite their being a number of standout performers so far, £10million (BBC) centre-forward Patrick Bamford has arguably stolen the limelight with his contribution and he’s playing his best football right now at Elland Road.
The 27-year-old left-footer has always been so pivotal to Marcelo Bielsa’s system with his incredible work-rate, as well as movement all across the final third.
But he’s now found a clinical touch in front of goal on top of that, scoring six goals in the opening six league games.
Pundit Paul Merson was someone who questioned whether Bamford could cut the grade in the Premier League and he warned in pre-season before a ball was kicked that Leeds could struggle battling relegation if they didn’t sign a new striker.
But the English forward looks every bit a Premier League striker right now that is playing with confidence and he’s made his comments look ridiculous.
“It’s Leeds I worry about if they don’t sign a striker. I don’t see how they survive. I don’t see Patrick Bamford scoring the goals Mitrovic will. If Leeds can get a top quality forward, they might be okay,” Merson wrote back in August (Daily Star).
For the record, Merson won’t have been the only person to dismiss Bamford as a Premier League forward and aged 27 he’s not enjoyed much success at the top level.
Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki fell away somewhat after a quick-fire start in the 2019/20 Premier League season, which is why the Leeds man can’t afford to get complacent and needs to kick on.