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As Patrick Bamford watched yet another chance fall wide of the target for Leeds against Nottingham Forest, it looked to be a new chapter of frustration in the 25-year-old’s Elland Road story.
He now finds himself under the tutelage of Marcelo Bielsa in West Yorkshire, rather than in the youth ranks of Chelsea, originally enduring a nightmare period last season when he missed 22 games through injury.
That was chapter one.
It was a sorry sight but he bounced back in fantastic style and in a way that we haven’t been used to seeing throughout his time at Leeds, scoring twice against Wigan.
Last term he was banned for deceiving the officials and did little to make up for it, diving against Derby in the playoffs.
However, it now looks as though he’s got his head straight and has three goals in three games.
The arrival of Eddie Nketiah on loan may have had him fearing for his place but his form can now prove incredibly beneficial for the Arsenal loan man.
He initially walked through the doors of Leeds’ Thorpe Arch training ground under pressure to succeed. Leeds had been crying out for a new striker after the departure of Kemar Roofe and it looked as though Nketiah may have to carry a burden.
Yet, Bamford’s brilliant form following last Saturday means he now has a chance to settle and most importantly has a period where he can adjust to Bielsa’s methods and way of playing football.
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This is the first time the 20-year-old has ventured away from London and feeling at home right away will be of huge importance.
Carrying that on his back, as well as the pressure of coming in for an out of form Bamford after their draw with Forest may have been concerning.
That, however, has just become easier.
Bamford’s two goals against Wigan weren’t just important for him, but in terms of helping Nketiah to settle in, it relieves the pressure significantly.