Tony Dorigo has hailed the qualities of Leeds United centre-forward Patrick Bamford after his match-winning display against Preston North End on Tuesday night.
The left-footed striker netted both goals in a 2-0 victory, which temporarily moved his side up to second in the Championship table.
Manager Marcelo Bielsa kept faith in the 25-year-old after no goals in his previous four league games and it turned out to be the right decision.
Bamford opened the scoring with a long-range effort that flew into the goal, before he peeled off to find space in the penalty area and guide his header past the goalkeeper for a second.
Ex-Leeds defender Dorigo was impressed with the striker’s overall performance at Deepdale against Preston and feels he is a hard-working individual.
“I look at his work-rate, he does work really hard. When he gets a sight at goal only one thing on his mind. He’s got great mental strength, he has a belief in his ability and rightly so,” Dorigo said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
Bamford has been unlucky with injuries during his first year with the Yorkshire giants, but a return of nine goals in 20 games across all competitions shows he is doing something right.
The former Championship Player of the Year has the goalscoring touch to tear it up in England’s second-tier and is a great option at Bielsa’s disposal.
He’s willing to do the hard work offensively to get his reward, which is why Kemar Roofe’s return from injury hasn’t resulted in automatic selection.
Leeds do have two quality options in attack that are going to both be needed in the remaining five league games if they are to earn automatic promotion.