Patrick Bamford probably couldn’t believe his luck when he went down with the injury playing for the under 23’s a few months ago. Kemar Roofe was injured just days later and his chance was gone at the time, patience and hard-work now needed to make his comeback, and comeback he did.
Whether you play Sunday League or Champions League it’s hard to watch your team-mates and enjoy it when you’re injured and on the sidelines. Bamford had to bide his time but a wonderful moment in training indicated that he would be back sooner rather than later. A volley that also led to a celebration from Marcelo Bielsa that we didn’t think he was really all about. Today he scored in the real thing, off the bench to bag a crucial winner in a game that left a lot to the imagination. Top of the pile heading into the festive period.
Bamford signed for an initial £7 million, more than any other player since we signed Robbie Fowler from Liverpool all that time ago. The pressure was on him but it’s been taken off massively by the form of Kemar Roofe and the team in general, who are dealing with almost everything going against us off the pitch and even sometimes on it to defy the odds. Today luck was with us, we could have easily have seen a late penalty given against us but the ref didn’t give it.
Bamford latched onto a lovely little pass by Pablo Hernandez to slot home his first league goal for the club. He did score on his full debut in the League Cup but he’s barely played apart from that. In terms of what he can bring we need that option because he and Kemar Roofe are very different players, both offer something very valuable. A great day for Bamford as the striker sends us back top of the table.