Let’s not get carried away; let’s sit down and take stock rather than see if we can buy a pass to board ‘HMS P**s The League’. After just three games, United sport a creditable 4-3 loss to Liverpool at an albeit-empty Anfield, and six points on the board after a topsy-turvy win over Fulham and today’s more structured beating of Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United.
Still, let’s not get carried away – well, not just yet.
As good as Leeds United have been, you just get that feeling that there’s more in the tank. After all, it wouldn’t be a Bielsa side if there wasn’t a tranche of plans and plottings left in reserve. Whatever key is needed for whatever lock, you just fancy the Whites to come to town like a cruel gaoler swinging a bunch of keys slowly around. That’s if they haven’t let Gjanni Alioski look after them, that is.
Imagine how you feel now if you’d said: ‘Bamford’s not the answer. He is not a Premier League player. Ged rid.’
You’d rightly feel a bit broken. Why? Well, Patrick Bamford has three-in-three for United and he’s looked good for all of them.
Patrick Bamford at the death! 🙌
The Leeds striker rises to nod his side into a late Yorkshire derby lead!
Jack Harrison celebrates before the ball even hits the net! 😆 pic.twitter.com/teYukyJ07j
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 27, 2020
That header. It’s better than the one that sealed a 4-0 win at Hull City last season and was put away by Tyler Roberts. Bamford had plenty of doubters last season from the terraces and from their armchairs. He was rubbished by cohorts of fans; he got in the right places but missed too many sitters according to the barrack-room Bielsas. He’s not missing many now.
Three games in; three goals. The first White for over 50 years to start a top-tier season with goals in his first three games. He got 16 in total last season leading the line at Leeds United. He could be in for more this time around.
Marching on together and Paddy is leading the way.