Patrick Bamford scored once again for Leeds United on Saturday afternoon but failed to prevent his side losing to Crystal Palace – however, his goal matched records held by some of the Premier League’s best strikers.
Bamford, 27, scored his seventh league goal in eight games and should really have had a brace – had it not been for a VAR decision that has caused nationwide criticism. The goal that stood was an excellent volley.
Leeds did lose 4-1 to Roy Hodgson’s Palace, but Bamford’s run of form continues. Some have even spoke of a potential England call-up, including Nigel Martyn – who told LeedsUnited.News that he has to keep doing what he does if he wants to earn a place in the Three Lions squad.
But his chest-and-volley strike has not only continued to earn the former Chelsea academy star plaudits – but has also put him alongside Premier League royalty. Opta confirmed as much on Twitter, with a Tweet that stated Bamford is on a par with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, after scoring in all four away games.
Not bad for a striker that was questioned for his conversion rate in the Championship – and not bad for a striker that Leeds had been tipped to replace after promotion. Jamie Vardy, meanwhile, has managed the same feat as Bamford – who has netted against Sheffield United, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Fulham.
Seven goals in eight – as well as two assists – is the kind of record that Henry, Vardy, Daniel Sturridge and £230,000-a-week (Spotrac) Manchester City star Aguero would be proud of. Can he continue to break records with his goalscoring form and earn a place in the England side before Euro 2021?
Bamford will be concentrating on Arsenal at Elland Road, next time out.