Simon Grayson has labelled Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford as “underrated” and is delighted to see him start the new season in strong form.
The 27-year-old frontman has competition from new signing Rodrigo for the striker position, but has put down an early marker with back-to-back impressive displays in the Premier League.
He scored in the opening day defeat to Liverpool and followed that up with an exceptional performance last weekend in the victory against fellow newly-promoted team Fulham.
The Englishman scored one and assisted two to help earn the Whites earn their first win of the season and he’s showing that he’s got top-flight quality within him.
Despite being the Leeds top scorer last season with 16 goals, there is often criticism aimed at Bamford over whether or not he’s a natural finisher and some suspect he reaches his limit in the Championship.
But the left-footer has been given a fresh chance to make his mark in the Premier League and is looking impressive at Elland Road.
Grayson has commented on the Leeds number nine by suggesting he’s a player that does go under the radar.
“It’s great for Patrick Bamford that he’s had a good start to the season. Not everybody knows his work-rate for the last couple of years, but ultimately he’s got goals in the first couple of games,” Grayson said, as quoted by the club’s official Youtube account.
“It’s great for his confidence. I think he’s been a little bit underrated, had a little bit of stick and I think Patrick would be first to acknowledge he’s missed a few chances over the last couple of years but that’s what strikers do. I’m glad he’s started well, but it’s important that other people are chipping in with goals.
Rodrigo is suspected to be the first-choice striker at Leeds the longer the season progresses, but right now there is no doubt Bamford deserves the nod in the starting XI and manager Marcelo Bielsa looks likely to stick with him while he keeps performing.
He has been moulded perfectly into the Bielsa system as a hard working centre-forward that links up play, but if he can add goals to his game at a consistent rate he’ll be a serious player.
Leeds travel to Sheffield United next for a Yorkshire derby and it will be a major surprise if Bamford doesn’t once again start.