Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has been nominated for the Premier League player of the month for September, after scoring three and assisting one in the first three matches of the season.
The Whites’ number nine was questioned heavily throughout pre-season on his ability to step-up to Premier League standard, having scored 16 goals in last season’s Championship campaign.
Bamford had a Premier League record of four goals and two assists from 30 top-flight games for Burnley, Norwich, Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough before starting the 2020/2021 brilliantly with goals against Liverpool, Fulham and Sheffield United.
Bamford got off to a great start, scoring at Anfield against one of the best teams in the world, and one of the best Premier League teams we’ve ever seen. He peeled off Virgil Van Dijk who mis-controlled a long ball over the top from Dallas. Bamford pounced, shooting across goal as it rolled over the leg of Allison and nestled in the bottom corner.
️ "This could be 7-7! Van Dijk, that is too arrogant!"— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 12, 2020
From hero to villain! Van Dijk nonchalantly tries to bring down an innocuous long ball but gifts it to Bamford!
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His second of the season came at Elland Road against Fulham, as he got on the end of a brilliant ball through from Klich. Bamford opened his body up and placed the ball into the bottom right corner from the left-side of the box. Bamford then assisted the next goal, driving past Odoi on the left before crossing the ball into an on-running Helder Costa to score, as Leeds won 4-3.
Patrick Bamford gets his goal thanks to a cool finish!— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 19, 2020
He has two in two this season after scoring only once in his previous 2️⃣7️⃣ Premier League games pic.twitter.com/LJ5DlLAkmb
Brilliant work from Bamford!— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 19, 2020
Goalscorer turns creator and Leeds are taking Fulham apart at Elland Road ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/eesnXbYuIP
Bamford was then the hero at Bramall Lane, scoring the winning goal in the first Yorkshire derby in the Premier League for 19 years. The ball was worked wide to Harrison by Rodrigo, before his brilliant cross found Bamford at the back post who headed across goal and won the game for Marcelo Bielsa’s side against Sheffield United.
Patrick Bamford at the death!— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 27, 2020
The Leeds striker rises to nod his side into a late Yorkshire derby lead!
Jack Harrison celebrates before the ball even hits the net! pic.twitter.com/teYukyJ07j
Bamford is now up against the likes of James Rodriguez, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Harry Kane, Sadio Mane, and Jamie Vardy, excellent company to be in.