Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has shared a brilliant training ground story involving Marcelo Bielsa, admitting he is ‘scared to bring it up’.
The Whites have enjoyed a glorious period in the club’s history with Bielsa at the helm, returning to the Premier League after 16 years away last season.
The Argentine has got Leeds playing some of the most attack-minded, energetic football in the division, with his eccentric personality also standing out on the touchline.
Bamford is someone who has shone under Bielsa, scoring 14 goals and registering seven assists in the league so far this season, giving him a chance of making England’s Euro 2020 squad for the first time in his career.
Bamford tells brilliant Bielsa story
“There was one time this season where we were doing a crossing drill. He always positions himself in an awkward place.
“The ball has come in and I’ve connected with it so sweetly on my left foot, it’s near the top corner. He’s stood right inside the goal, I’ve not seen him, so I’ve just hit the ball and it has come flush off the bridge of his nose.
“All I saw was his glasses fly 10 metres and him hold his nose. He walked off holding his nose and I was like: ‘Sorry, sorry, sorry’, obviously s****ing myself. He’s gone a bit angrily: ‘It’s nothing’.
“I don’t know if you’ve noticed in the last few weeks he’s using the same glasses and they’re not straight, they’re wonky. I feel bad, I should really get him a new pair but I’m scared to bring it up again.
“It ruined the rest of my session.”
Transfer Tavern take
It is a great insight into life on Leeds’ training ground, with Bielsa such an influential figure, and clearly someone who has the players’ complete respect.
While he may not always openly praise his squad, there is clearly something special about his character, such is the manner in which his players give everything for him and all pull in the same direction.
Bamford is a prime example of Bielsa getting the very best out of individuals, with the striker going from boo boy to star man in no time – even if he may have to pay for a new pair of glasses for his boss.
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