Brendan Rodgers has been linked with the managerial role at Leeds United at the end of the season and the out-of-work boss was full of praise for Patrick Bamford in 2021 – after the striker scored in a 3-1 win over his Leicester side.

Leeds were flying in their first season back in the Premier League and Bamford was a crucial part of it, having a hand in 25 goals – scoring 17 and creating eight. Since, the one-time England star has failed to capture that form.

Injuries have played a massive part, with Bamford renowned for being a confidence striker. Back in January 2021, Leeds came from behind after Harvey Barnes – no surprises there – had opened the scoring at the King Power.

With fans yet to return to stadium’s in a full capacity, Stuart Dallas equalised after a neat pass from Bamford just two minutes after Barnes’ opener. Bamford put Leeds ahead, lashing a left-footed effort into the top corner of the net.

Late on, Bamford got his second assist of the match – played through by Dallas for Jack Harrison to score. A report from The Athletic states that Rodgers could be targeted as the next Leeds manager, and Bamford impressed him.

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“I thought Bamford’s goal was a fantastic goal. We should close the space quicker, but you’ve got to give him credit, it was a wonderful finish,” Rodgers said after the match, as Leeds beat his Leicester side – talking to Sky Sports.

Rodgers linked with Leeds, job full of praise for Bamford in 2021

Oh, how enjoyable it was to watch Leeds at their peak under Marcelo Bielsa – Bamford scoring goals and actually, creating plenty too. His eight assists that season often goes under the radar, given he scored 17 times in 2020-21.

A long time ago. If Rodgers does decide to join Leeds, unlikely given relegation is now a distinct possibility, it might be that he would want to work with Bamford instead of bringing in a new striker. Bamford will surely be staying.

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