Patrick Bamford continued his marvelous form for Leeds United with a ninth Premier League goal of the season in just his 13th top-flight appearance on Wednesday night. But he also broke a record that is personal to manager Marcelo Bielsa, overtaking a former Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus striker in the process.
Leeds beat Newcastle with an emphatic scoreline of 5-2 thanks to goals from Bamford, Rodrigo Moreno, Stuart Dallas, Gjanni Alioski and Jack Harrison. The last three only came in the latter stages of the match, with Leeds leaving it late to finally mirror their dominance. Ireland internationals Jeff Hendrick and Ciaran Clark scored for the Toon.
Bamford was in the right place at the right time, as Raphinha’s cross was headed goalwards onto the bar by Rodrigo. With Karl Darlow sprawling, the ball dropped to Bamford who will not have an easier goal to score all season, heading home from two yards out. It gave Leeds an equaliser after Hendrick had opened the scoring.
The former Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest striker will be delighted to keep his goalscoring rate up. Doubts before the season started surrounded whether he would be able to score in the Premier League, fast forward the first 13 games and he has netted a hat-trick against Villa – and one against each of Sheffield United, Fulham, Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Newcastle and Liverpool.
But what Bamford may not have realised is that with his goal, he scored a 35th under the guidance of Bielsa – a record for strikers scoring goals under the ex-Argentina, Athletic Bilbao and Marseille manager. Indeed, as per Amazon Prime Video Sport’s Instagram, Bamford has overtaken Spanish veteran Fernando Llorente as the player to have scored the most goals under the Leeds boss. A title that Bamford should be incredibly proud of.