Leeds United are currently sitting in the automatic places in the Championship.
Sky Sports pundit Paul Dickov has claimed that Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford was ‘lost for a little bit’, but has now found that ‘hunger’ back in his game.
The 25-year-old has played a key role up front for his team in recent weeks, especially with main forward Kemar Roofe on the sidelines with an injury.
On Tuesday night, Bamford helped Leeds record a valuable 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Reading which further helps boost their hopes of earning automatic promotion.
Speaking to the Debate Show on Sky Sports Premier League (12/03/2019 at 10:25 pm), Dickov backed the Whites to become champions as he also offered his thoughts on Bamford.
“It’s a huge game on Saturday,” Dickov told the Debate. “Leeds playing Sheffield United if Leeds can win that then it puts five points between them. Leeds have been fantastic all season.
“Patrick Bamford’s come in and after being lost for a little bit seems to have that bit of hunger back, who we all know has qualities and can score goals.
“If I had to pick one out of the three to go up as champions, it’d be Leeds. I played there for a very short time towards the end of my career and the fans when Elland Road is full and buzzing, they can really make a difference for them.”
For large parts of the season, Bamford has had to contend with a number of long-term injuries, but thankfully for the club, he is fit and ready at the right time.
In his last eight matches for the Yorkshire outfit, the senior man has found the back of the net on five occasions and he will be looking to build on that form when Sheffield United visit Elland Road on Saturday.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are two points ahead of their neighbours as they will be looking to take momentum from their 1-0 win during the reverse fixture in December.
Nonetheless, over the course of the season, Bamford has played 15 matches in all competitions, scoring seven goals and supplying his teammates with one assist [transfermarkt].