Wilfried Zaha has made an intriguing claim about Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford while talking to the On The Judy Podcast, suggesting that the Leeds number nine was the worst trainer he played with at Crystal Palace.
Bamford, 27, is on fire this season. He has netted a whopping 12 Premier League goals in 22 games, as well as laying on six assists for the Whites in an excellent campaign that has seen them climb to tenth, and seemingly safe from the drop already.
Zaha was missing on Monday night as Leeds eased past the Eagles with a 2-0 win at Elland Road – thanks to goals from Jack Harrison and Bamford, the latter finishing well after Raphinha’s effort was parried into the Englishman’s path.
Ivory Coast international Zaha played alongside Bamford during the first half of the 2015-16 season – which saw Bamford failing to score in nine outings before returning to parent club Chelsea. Zaha made a claim about Bamford, behind the scenes.
“Patrick Bamford,” Zaha said, when asked about the worst trainer he has played alongside at Palace. “But he’s amazing on the pitch. Some people are like that though. Patrick, he would just smash things, left, right, and then on the pitch, he would bags.”
TBR’s view – Clearly, Bamford has changed his ways
Speaking on the most-recent Leeds podcast, Bamford spoke of the concentration he bestowed on the ball when Vicente Guaita parried Raphinha’s shot. He has learnt how to finish chances, this season especially, becoming so much more clinical.
Leeds have chances, plenty of them and Bamford was always going to score goals as the club’s first-choice striker. But it is the link-up play and the predatory instinct that he has added this season – his hat-trick against Villa for example.
Yes, he was raw and without a permanent home at Palace and that might be the reason as to why he struggled. But now, he is on the verge of an England call-up – which is testament to the improvements he has made.