After 6 games in the Premier League 2020-21, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the second-highest goal-scorer would be someone along the lines of Sterling, Kane, Aguero, or Vardy. But it’s the Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford, sitting at a comfortable 6 goals in 5 starts, which includes a hat-trick against Aston Villa last night.
After a much-publicized move to Chelsea, back in 2012, Bamford was expected to be the breaker of the No.9 curse at the club. However, after just one match with the Chelsea Reserves, he went out on a series of loans to Milton Keynes Dons, Derby County, and Middlesbrough with whom he won the Championship Player of the Year. He then had further loans at Crystal Palace, Norwich City, and Burnley, before returning to Middlesbrough for a fee believed to be in the region of £5.5 million.
Described by the "Yorkshire Evening Post" in 2018 as "not your typical footballer", Bamford joined Leeds United on 31st July 2018, becoming their most expensive signing since the iconic Robbie Fowler and took over the No.9 shirt. With 25 goals in 67 appearances in the 2 seasons that Leeds were in the championship, many had written off Bamford as another striker who would forever be doomed as a championship striker.
However, with the resurgence of Leeds United as a major force in the Premier League, under the guidance of the `Yodaesque’ Marcelo Bielsa, Bamford looks like he is finally fulfilling the potential he showed throughout his early career at Chelsea. As Bamford explains, it is ‘limitless’ what the players believe they can achieve under the tactician known as El Loco (The Crazy One).
As of now, Bamford looks set to be another hit signing, along the lines of Mark Viduka at Elland Road, and we wouldn’t bet against him being among the top strikers, come to the end of the season in May 2021.