As a younger striker, Patrick Bamford struggled to establish himself in the Premier League with Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Norwich and Burnley. Under the influential Marcelo Bielsa, however, Bamford is playing his best football for a manager who has previously worked with Gabriel Batistuta, Hernan Crespo, Alexis Sánchez and Fernando Llorente. Bamford scored 16 times in 47 appearances during 2019/20, when Leeds were in the Championship, and as such he was expected to struggle in the Premier League. In their opening six fixtures of 2020/21, however, he scored six times – producing his finest form at the age of 27, and to the extent he has since scored his 100th goal as a professional.
“I’m very happy for Patrick because he scored some wonderful goals,” Bielsa said of his improving striker, who in that run of six goals recorded the club’s first hat-trick in the Premier League since Mark Viduka’s at Charlton in April 2003. “Apart from that, he is a noble player who sacrifices a lot for the team; generous also. His development is more to do with him and less to do with me.”