Leeds United are currently finely poised for an automatic promotion push this season. The Whites sit second in the Championship after four straight victories in the league.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team haven’t tasted defeat since early October and a place in the Premier League looks achievable this season.
Leeds have been here before of course. Last season they sat pretty at the top of the league around Christmas before falling away and then losing to Derby in the play-off semi-final.
This season feels different though. Bielsa’s team look better drilled, fitter and seem to have new-found confidence this time around.
One man who looks to have finally endeared himself to the Elland Road faithful is Patrick Bamford.
The Leeds talisman signed from Middlesbrough for £10 million (BBC Sport) prior to last season but endured a frustrating maiden campaign.
Bamford suffered a knee injury which curtailed a lot of his season and although he managed 10 goals some fans remained unconvinced.
Following Eddie Nketiah’s arrival, some supporters anticipated he would play second fiddle this season. That hasn’t been the case though and the Arsenal loanee has been the one left on the fringes.
On Saturday Bamford netted his seventh of the season and his third goal in four games.
A proven Championship goalscorer it is a mystery to outsiders why some Leeds fans haven’t rated him.
The 26-year-old is paid to score goals and after a barren run of goalless games, he now looks to be back on track.
A former Chelsea youngster, Bamford looks to be enjoying his football and whilst he is scoring his critics will remain silent.
A fit and firing Bamford would get in any Championship team and Leeds should feel thankful for his presence in attack.
If Bamford fires Leeds to the promised land of the Premier League then he’ll have thousands of admirers.
For now, he will just have to keep silencing supporters with his scoring boots.