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Bamford makes vow to Bielsa after impressive Premier League start

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Leeds forward Patrick Bamfrod has promised to repay the faith Marcelo Bielsa has shown in him after a promising start to the Premier League.

Bamford has been superb for the Whites since their return to the Premier League.

The forward already has six goals in as many games to stake his place as the division’s joint third-top scorer. He is only behind Tottenham’s Heung-min Son and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

It has not always been the case for Bamford at Elland Road though. The Englishman has frequently suffered criticism for failing to score on a consistent basis for Leeds.

Doubts were also raised over his quality during previous loan spells at the likes of Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough, where he also failed to score regularly.

Regardless of it all, Marcelo Bielsa chose to stick with Bamford as his number one striker this term. The striker has now expressed his gratitude at the faith his manager has continued to show in him.

“Since he’s come in he’s put his faith in me from the beginning,” he told Jim White on talkSPORT.

“There was tough times last season when he stuck by me because as long as I was working for the team, even if I wasn’t scoring, he still had this belief in me.

“There’s a big thing there where I feel like I need to repay him and I’ve a good start with six goals and that goes some way to repaying him.”

“But you’re only as good as your last game and we have to start fresh again on Monday.”

Bamford also sheds some light on Bielsa’s style of management, revealing the Argentine is more of a meticulous planner than a hands-on kind of boss.

“He’s always demanding more of every one of us and pushing us to be better,” he added.

“He’s not a very one-to-one hands on coach. We have individual meetings the night before a game where we go through the previous game and he tells you what you did well, what you did badly and what he expects with the game coming tomorrow.”

“That’s really the only one to one interaction we have, but throughout the week he is so demanding that he makes sure you keep your levels high because he knows that if you drop off it’s not going to be good for you or the team.”

Leeds and Bamford continue their campaign with a tough fixture against Leicester City at Elland Road on Monday night.