Following an impressive season in the top flight with Leeds United, Patrick Bamford has gone some way to silencing the crowds of doubters that have long accompanied him.
After unsuccessful stints across the Premier League with the likes of Middlesbrough, Burnley, Norwich City and Crystal Palace, few possessed the hope that Bamford would go on to establish himself at the pinnacle of English football.
But it is fair to say that, now, supporters all over the country are indulging in humble pie.
Bamford, who is the focal centerpiece of a captivating, free-flowing Leeds side, has emerged as one of the chief surprises of the current campaign.
At the time of writing, the 27-year old sits on a dignified output of 14 goals, combating doubters in emphatic style to propel his profile into the England reckoning.
Doing so is no mean feat, either. In fact, only a select, minimalistic group of individuals are currently eclipsing Bamford in the league’s goal scoring ranks.
For tremendously telling context, those players are Harry Kane, Mo Salah, Bruno Fernandes and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, which genuinely elucidates the standard he has been performing at.
Though even before Leeds graced the Premier League for the first time since 2003, Bamford still had a mob of critics vigorously clawing at his high-flying coattails.
Was it harsh? Perhaps so.
In his side’s conquering title-winning season last term, Bamford surfaced as a symbol of critique, despite finding the back of the net 16 times to become as the Peacocks’ top scorer- and the only player at Elland Road to surpass the elusive 10 goal mark.
This only exemplifies the sheer significance that rests upon Bamford’s courageous shoulders, a responsibility in which he evidently revels in.
If you are analysing and juicing out all the attributes from a striker, there really is not a lot that is outside of Bamford’s capabilities.
Though a bonafide goalscorer, the former Chelsea forward has also developed a gleaming reputation for his relentless work ethic and high pressing, the latter of which poses a major threat to opposition throughout the division.
With excellence, Bamford leads and starts his side’s boundless pressing style, with teams not being given a second’s break by Marcelo Bielsa’s indefatigable, zealous comrades.
Moreover, Bamford ties these qualities with enrapturing link up play. This has come up trumps for the West Yorkshire side as he has provided a further seven assists, two more than Brazilian winger Raphinha.
And the fact that Bamford has managed to maintain his dazzling displays all campaign indicates that he is not merely a flash in the pan like we have seen with many strikers coming up from the Championship in recent years.
Should the Englishman continue to utilise his merited marksmanship for the duration of the season, he is most certainly in the reckoning for a plane ticket with the England squad for this Summer’s European Championships.
If you still are not rating Patrick Bamford, the time is now better than ever to start swaying him the praise he has so thoroughly warranted.
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