Patrick Bamford shone as Leeds United produced a somewhat surprising 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Friday night – and he earned the praise of Sunderland midfielder Grant Leadbitter.
The 25-year-old took his tally to three goals in his last three games with a brace against the Baggies. His first was an excellent finish after a lovely through ball from Tyler Roberts.
Man-of-the-match Roberts then laid on his second assist for Bamford, who scored a left-footed effort via a slight deflection. The deflection sent goalkeeper Sam Johnstone the wrong way.
Bamford posted on Instagram after the match, telling Leeds fans that the players did the “badge proud”. Marcelo Bielsa’s side returned to the top of the Championship table thanks to the win.
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In a season ravaged by a posterior cruciate ligament injury and more setbacks, Bamford has only played 13 times. But in those matches, he has now scored six goals – a strong return.
Leeds will be hoping his excellent form continues as the Championship promotion race hots up. Leeds travel south to play-off contenders Bristol City next weekend.
Sunderland midfielder Leadbitter replied to Bamford’s Instagram post. He told his former Middlesbrough teammate that his performance was “top drawer”.
Since completing his move from Middlesbrough, Bamford has struggled. But Friday night was by far and away his best performance for Leeds.
He showed maturity in holding the ball up, bringing others into play and looked a threat throughout. With Kemar Roofe injured until April at least, Leeds need Bamford at his very best and he was certainly that on Friday.