Patrick Bamford comments on Leeds' fitness

Patrick Bamford of Leeds United and Jordan Storey of Preston North End compete for the ball during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Leeds United and Preston North End at Elland...

Patrick Bamford can't believe how fit his Leeds United team-mates are.

Patrick Bamford of Leeds United and Jordan Storey of Preston North End compete for the ball during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Leeds United and Preston North End at Elland...

Patrick Bamford has told The Yorkshire Evening Post that it's "actually unbelievable" how fit his Leeds United team-mates are.

Leeds underwent a rigourous pre-season training camp under renowned coach Marcelo Bielsa in the summer, with the Argentine making them train twice a day early on.

And the proof has been in the pudding as far as results go, with the Whites sitting top of the Championship.

Bamford, a £7 million signing from Middlesbrough, is facing four months on the sidelines, but as a spectator he is beginning to realise just how fit his team-mates are.

 

“Looking out from the stands, it’s actually unbelievable how much everyone runs, the effort we put in, the confidence on the ball, not scared to play out form the back and I think that’s crucial," he told The Yorkshire Evening Post.

"The manager obviously doesn’t want mistakes but I don’t think he will penalise you if you are trying to play the right way or trying to do things that ultimately will help us succeed."

Leeds slumped to their first Championship defeat of the season on Saturday as Garry Monk's Birmingham City left Elland Road with a 2-1 win.

It was at this stage of the season last year when the wheels came off for Leeds, but it's imperative that Bielsa ensures that this doesn't prove the catalyst for implosion.

And it probably won't. After all, the 63-year-old is a hell of a lot more experienced than Thomas Christiansen - United's boss this time last year - and Bielsa will demand a response.

Patrick Bamford of Leeds United controls the ball during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Leeds United and Preston North End at Elland Road on August 28, 2018 in Leeds, England.

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