BBC pundit Ian Wright has paid tribute to Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford after his weekend masterclass.
Speaking on his Wrighty’s House podcast, Wright made his admiration for the striker clear.
He used to work with Bamford at Milton Keynes Dons, in a coaching role he eventually left in 2013.
Wright was effusive in his praise for Bamford’s goal, which put Leeds 2-1 up at Leicester on Sunday and then his assist to kill the game.
“The best finish this weekend, Patrick Bamford’s finish,” said Wright. “He’s someone I admire greatly. He’s a player who was involved with me at MK Dons when I was down there.
“I used to do a lot of finishing with Bamford because his left foot is so good. Look at what Bamford’s been through, with Sean Dyche bringing up his private education and stuff like that. Stuff that’s meaningless.
“Palace fans ‘I don’t like the way he runs’, meaningless. I’m not sure if you can look in many places to see so much faith from a manager in a player he could have dropped over the last three years.
“When I saw the way he finished that one, it was so good. When he went through, I’m thinking ‘just hit it’ and it kept moving away from Kasper (Schmeichel). It was so good, so crisp.
“The assist (for Jack Harrison’s goal) was brilliant. It kills Leicester off. That’s football intelligence as well. He finished the game.”
There were plenty who doubted whether Bamford could do the business in the Premier League and he’s proving them all wrong.
His finish to put Leeds ahead on Sunday is as good as you’ll see from any top striker in this league.
And Wright is correct to mention the role Marcelo Bielsa’s unwavering faith in Bamford has played.
It goes such a long way with a player in terms of their confidence and Leeds are reaping the rewards now.