Patrick Bamford comments on Leeds fans slating him

Patrick Bamford of Leeds looks dejected after the match during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Leeds United at The Den on October 05, 2019 in London, England.

The Leeds United striker is a divisive figure among fans.

Patrick Bamford of Leeds looks dejected after the match during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Leeds United at The Den on October 05, 2019 in London, England.

Patrick Bamford has told The Yorkshire Evening Post that he is desperate to flip the perception that some Leeds United fans have about him.

Bamford joined the Whites in a £10 million deal in the summer of 2018 [BBC Sport] but it hasn't been a smooth ride.

The 25-year-old endured a stop-start first season with Leeds, managing to play in only half of United's Championship games last term due to injury, before his theatrics in a fiery game against Aston Villa saw him slapped with a two-match ban, missing the playoff first leg against Derby County.

This season, the English hitman enjoyed a brilliant start to the new campaign by netting four Championship goals in the first month, but he hasn't scored since August in a run of form that frustrates some fans of the Yorkshire club.

 

But the former Chelsea youth is determined to show his detractors at Elland Road exactly what he can do.

Bamford told The Yorkshire Evening Post: "I am not really one to look at Twitter, but people were telling me: ‘oh you are getting slated blah, blah’. I know that is a minority and the fans who have come to watch the games have been brilliant and they have always sung my name.

“It was a hard one last year; signing for a big amount of money and then getting injured and not playing and then there was the disappointment of not getting promoted.

“I feel like they did not get the best of me. This year it is my aim to show them and once you get Leeds fans on your side, it can only be good news."

Barring a surprise, Marcelo Bielsa is set to start Bamford up front again this week as fifth-placed Leeds host Birmingham City.

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford celebrates scoring his and his side's second goal  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Leeds United at DW Stadium on August 17,...

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