Last season was a story of missed opportunity for Leeds United, in every sense of the word. As missed goal scoring opportunities ultimately led to missing out on promotion to the Premier League.
One man who has taken the most flack from fans in this regard is striker Patrick Bamford, who only managed a minor portion of playing time as he suffered with not one, but two serious knee injuries in the early and mid days of last season.
However, Bamford (25) managed twenty four appearances for the Whites in his first season, even managing ten goals, ending the season as one of the top scorers for the club.
But it was the sheer number of good goal-scoring chances that the Grantham born front man missed, especially in the highly import run in as him and his team failed to secure automatic promotion and also fell short of any play-off success.
Last season was one where Leeds bossed the division for the most part, with many people believing they would indeed stroll to promotion under new boss Marcelo Bielsa, but it wasn’t to be.
Now Bamford has another opportunity to make right the wrongs of last season, the front man gave his thoughts and his aspirations on the coming season when he spoke to the media while on tour in Australia,
“To be honest, I was out a lot last year but I think that my fitness as a whole has improved since I’ve been injured”
“Bielsa’s shown me different kinds of movements, different things, not so much worrying about going outside the box – I’m a striker, so to stay where you’re going to do your job.”
Speaking about previous seasons,2014/15 in particular where he struck seventeen goals for Boro Bamford added…
“That year, that was the only year where I’ve started all the games really,” he said.
“I think since then I only started 16 or 17 games last year, and the year before at Middlesbrough I only started from January onwards. So I feel like with a whole season I should be aiming for a fair few goals.”
Bamford may have missed chances towards the end of last season, but he actually had a better goals per minute ratio than top scorer Kemar Roofe, he stands by his ability and his record…
“I’m always confident if I start I’m going to score,” he responded, when asked about he was feeling ahead of the upcoming season.
“Unless you’re like Messi or Ronaldo, one in two’s not bad and you always try to keep to that.
“10 in 24, that’s nearly one in two, and I judge it from starts, because if you only come on for three minutes, for me that doesn’t count. In terms of starts, I’m happy and it’s something to push on for again this season.”
Leeds fans will be happy that the strikers confidence remains in tact, but they will be expecting a twenty goal season from the big hit-man this season.