Leeds fans were concerned and understandably so when top scorer Roofe departed for Anderlecht with just days to go before the transfer window slammed shut earlier in August.
After all, Bamford was hardly a universal hit in his debut season at Elland Road. Nine goals in 16 starts represents an impressive hit rate but a pair of long-term injuries and a tendency to disappear in big games didn’t exactly endear the £7 million signing to the famously demanding Leeds fanbase (Sky Sports).
But Bamford already looks like a player reborn under Marcelo Bielsa in the opening weeks of 2019/20. He’s scored three times in four Championship games already and, while he drew a blank in Wednesday’s 1-0 win against Brentford, the 25-year-old appears to have improved drastically in his hold-up play and upper-body strength.
No wonder Holloway is impressed.
“I really like the look of Leeds. That might sound obvious, but I think their manager has already proved he knows what he’s doing,” said the former QPR and Millwall boss.
“Obviously they lost Kemar Roofe, one of their main goalscorers, but Patrick Bamford has stepped up and they’ve looked great so far.”
It’s not an easy job leading the line for a Bielsa side. Bamford is not only under pressure to find the net on a regular basis but, as a lone striker, he also has to hold the ball up, shrug off defenders and create openings for Mateusz Klich, Pablo Hernandez and co.
Yet Bamford’s form in recent weeks suggests he is up to the task.
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