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What does the future hold for Patrick Bamford at Leeds United?

Leeds United have made a fantastic start to this Championship season with the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa truly a game changer for the club.

As well as picking up points in this early part of the campaign, Bielsa has Leeds playing with a swagger and has given supporters something to smile about.

Given his reputation as a manager who encourages his team to attack in numbers, press high up the pitch and pass the ball out of defence, it is not a surprise to see Leeds playing in the manner they currently are.

What is a surprise is how quickly the team have managed to adapt to the demands of Bielsa, while there were some early suggestions that the Argentinian coach did not have the players necessary to implement his idea of football.

However, the 63-year-old has had no problem in doing such and was able to use the transfer window to bring in individuals he felt would help with his transition to the club including Patrick Bamford.

Bamford arrived at Elland Road from Middlesbrough in a deal worth up to £10m (via BBC Sport) as a player who Bielsa believes has plenty to offer.

Speaking about Bamford after his Leeds debut which he scored in, Bielsa told Leeds Live and the rest of the media: “He scored a goal and this is always very important and he was always linking to the box, this is important too.”

The £5.4m-rated (via Transfermarkt) 25-year-old, however, has since go on to pick up a knee ligament injury and has been ruled out of action for up to four months, as a result.

And once he returns to full fitness, it could be make or break for the English centre-forward.

Bamford has become a bit of journeyman in the Championship having been farmed out by former club Chelsea on numerous occasions.

Simply put, it is time for the Nottingham Forest youth product to find a home and start delivering on a consistent basis.

And at Leeds with Bielsa at the helm, Elland Road could just be the perfect place to do so.

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What does the future hold for Patrick Bamford at Leeds United?
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