Jermaine Jenas has admitted to Match of the Day on BBC’s iPlayer that he ‘didn’t know’ that Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford had an ‘injection of pace’ to his game.
Bamford showcased that on the weekend when he ran past Denis Odoi on the left-wing before pulling the ball back for Helder Costa to finish for his second goal of the enthralling 4-3 encounter.
Whilst someone like Costa is known for his speed, someone like Bamford relies on his intelligence, strength and work rate.
All of these qualities were touched upon by Jenas, as the former Spurs midfielder also shared that Bamford had an element of speed to his game which he hasn’t seen before.
“He’s a player that a lot of Leeds fans sat on the fence with a little bit last year,” Jenas told MOTD. “We know the work rate that he brings to the table. But did he have that clinical nature?
“Bielsa knows what he brings to the table for Leeds. He fits into their system very well. Understanding the position of the forward role, not only to provide and score goals but to work for the team and getting back into the defensive positions.
“Then something I didn’t know he had and a little injection of pace [to beat Odoi on the wing] he shows on the left-hand side and he gets himself an assist. It was a really good and strong performance from Bamford. And actually a great start to the season.”
Leeds United’s first six fixtures of 2020/21
Sheffield United (A)
Manchester City (H)
Aston Villa (A)
It has been some start to the Premier League season for Bamford, who followed up his goal against Liverpool last week by punishing a Fulham team that he scored past home and away last season.
The Premier League may have gone goal crazy during this second game week, but Leeds have been doing that since their return and it seems it’s not going to stop.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Leeds are involved in the biggest goal fests this term because whatever happens, Marcelo Bielsa is never shy in allowing his team to express themselves.