Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford is determined to repay that faith shown in him by manager Marcelo Bielsa.

The 25-year-old has seen injury disrupt his season since his £11million move from Middlesbrough in the summer and has made just eight Championship appearances in 2018-19.

Bamford returned to action last weekend in the defeat to Norwich City after seven games out with a knee problem and came off the bench to grab a consolation goal for Leeds.

He also played the full game in the dramatic 1-1 draw against his former club Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Bamford has stated that he is determined to repay the faith shown in him by Bielsa and the Leeds supporters.

“It was one of them where the manager saw it as the time for me to leave and, thankfully, Marcelo’s showed a lot of faith in me and basically put it to me he wanted me to join this huge club,” Bamford told Leeds Live.

“No disrespect intended to English coaches, but for me, personally, I seem to get on best with coaches who are either foreign or who have a foreign mentality.

“Marcelo put faith in me because Victor (Orta) was at Middlesbrough with Aitor (Karanka) and so Aitor knew me well. I don’t know whether they spoke, but that might have helped and hopefully I can flourish under Marcelo.”

Bamford scored 33 goals in 97 appearances for Boro across two spells but was allowed to leave last summer despite finding the back of the net 13 times in 44 games as the Teesside club finished in the play-offs.

The Whites striker start against his former club on Saturday was his first in Leeds colours and the fans will hope he can start to score regularly as the club look to secure promotion back to the Premier League.


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