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Alan Hutton has pointed out the specific ways in which Leeds forward Patrick Bamford has improved his game to reach the Premier League.
Before Leeds’ return to the top flight last summer, one of their main questions was whether Bamford would score enough for them.
The former Chelsea striker had only scored one Premier League goal before, despite having gone through Crystal Palace, Norwich, Burnley and Middlesbrough when they were in the top flight.
Bamford However, he has proven his skeptics wrong this season. He has scored 12 goals and provided five assists to Leeds in the Premier League so far.
His last goal, against Crystal Palace on Monday, it was the hundredth of his career in all competitions. It was a historic moment for a fit player.
The 27-year-old, who had only reached twice as many goals in three seasons before joining Leeds, has now proven himself at the highest level. There have even been rumors of a call-up from England for the player who played twice at the under-21 level.
With his credentials no longer in doubt, Bamford has received praise from a former opponent.
Hutton played the Grantham-born attacker on several occasions in the Championship. The former Aston Villa defender believes Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has inspired Bamford to increase his pace of work, which is paying off.
“It’s really gone from strength to strength,” Hutton said. Football Insider.
“I think there were a lot of questions on his head at the beginning of the season, if he would be good enough, could he step up and that’s exactly what he has done.
“Yes, he has lost a couple of opportunities, as a forward you are going to do it. But I think when you’re in a team like Leeds that creates so many opportunities and loves to play with the front foot, move forward and push high, you’re going to have opportunities.
“I am actually happy for him. He left and did very well and now they are talking about calls from England. Is there a possibility that he will slip into the team? We will find out more in March.
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Bielsa to thank the improvements
“He was always technically very good. His ability was always there and I think what Bielsa has done to him is that he is working very hard.
“Even if he doesn’t score, he always gives you that work rate, that tenacity to close. I think that’s the difference, that’s what I see as a difference.
“I think that is what Bielsa demands, that high work rate. You see how they push from the front and he really starts the pressure and then everyone follows behind him.
“Maybe in previous years he didn’t do that when he was loaned out by Chelsea. He was seen more as a striker and it didn’t quite work out. I think now that he added that to his game, he leveled up. “
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