Leeds United have made some superb signings thanks to Victor Orta’s keen eye in the transfer market. As the January deadline approaches, speculation soars and the Whites may prepare to flex their muscles once again if Andrea Radrizzani loosens the purse strings.
Players like Mateusz Klich and summer recruit Robin Koch have made huge impacts on the Yorkshire outfit. Even fringe players like Tyler Roberts have proven to be beneficial to Leeds, but no other player matches the man who was, for us, Orta’s best ever signing.
Patrick Bamford arrived at Elland Road back in 2018. The striker made the switch from Middlesbrough in a £10million deal, which now looks to be an absolute steal.
Since joining Leeds, the 27-year-old has followed in similar footsteps to that of Jamie Vardy. Proving you can indeed be a late bloomer, Bamford has netted 36 times in 90 total appearances for Leeds and played a crucial role in their promotion last season.
According to Transfermarkt, the goal-poacher scored an impressive 16 goals and contributed a further four assists. He finished in the top ten Championship goal-scorers for the campaign, setting the bar high for his return to the Premier League, via Squawka.
Bamford had already plied his trade in England’s top flight, but was unsuccessful with former clubs Burnley, Norwich, Chelsea and Crystal Palace. With all these failed singings, it looked as though the £55,000 per week centre-forward would be forced to settle for football at Championship level.
But after helping to guide Leeds back to the top, his spark hasn’t dimmed. Bamford has refused to let the Premier League chew him up and spit him out this time round. He has already caused major problems for several opponents thanks to his ten goals and two assists.
This puts him seventh in the league’s current list of top goal-scorers. He is just one behind the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Dominic Calver-Lewin and ahead of both Marcus Rashford and Sadio Mane, as per BBC Sport.
Orta can sit back and relish in the fact that he has signed a real gem in Bamford and the plyer will be happy that he has finally found a team that complements his playing style in the Premier League.