Patrick Bamford has claimed Leeds silenced their skeptics after scoring their first Premier League hat-trick to end Aston Villa 100% at the start of the campaign.
The striker’s hat-trick in the second half capped a spectacular performance for Marcelo Bielsa’s side who rose to third place in the table ahead of this weekend’s matches.
Former Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor had called Leeds a ‘myth’ earlier this week after being beaten at home by Wolves and Bamford was quick to remind him of his words.
Patrick Bamford claimed Leeds silenced their skeptics after ending Aston Villa’s perfect start
Bamford was quick to remind former Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor of his pre-match comments
“Someone was saying Bielsa was a myth, but we showed everyone that Leeds is here to compete,” Bamford said. “We were a bit unlucky to lose to Wolves.
“Scoring a hat-trick in the Premier League means a lot to me – that’s what you dream of. At the start of my career, I played two minutes here, five minutes there, but now I have a manager who believes in me, as long as I keep working hard.
Bamford divided Leeds fans last season after missing a string of good chances in their promotion campaign, but he has made a pitched start since Leeds stepped up and now has six league goals.
Despite criticism, Bielsa has stayed with Bamford, who now generously reimburses him. Bielsa said: “These are all very good goals, some of the best he has scored. I am very happy for him.
The forward scored his first Premier League treble as the promoted side lost 3-0 winners
He is a player with a lot of qualities and he created a lot more chances than he takes. If he continues to improve his efficiency, he will receive greater praise.
“It was a good performance, better in the second half than in the first. We had the chance to score the first goal because they had a few chances before us. Bielsa also explained that his decision to take off from midfielder Pascal Struijk after just 21 minutes was due to fears his player would receive a second yellow card.
Villa missed the opportunity to start the season with five consecutive wins for the first time in their history as they failed to secure the draw that would have taken them to the top of the table. Boss Dean Smith added: “We knew there was a chance to make history by winning our first five games and we were disappointed, but we ran into a very good team. “
Bamford has been criticized in the past but gives him back the faith Marcelo Bielsa has shown him