Ever since he made his professional debut back in December 2011, it's been quite the journey for 27-year-old Leeds forward Patrick Bamford.
Many people in football circles questioned whether he could make the considerable step up from the Championship to the top-flight of English football.
He’s answered those critics in emphatic fashion, with 12 Premier League goals in 22 appearances to date this term; Harry Kane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are the only Englishmen with more top-flight strikes than Bamford. He's also got five assists, proving just how vital he is in Marcelo Bielsa's setup at Elland Road.
✈️ Bamford's club journey
- 🌳 2011-2012: Nottingham Forest
- 🔵 2012-2017: Chelsea
- 🕰 2012-2013: MK Dons (loan)
- ⚪️ 2014: Derby (loan)
- 🔴 2014-2015: Middlesbrough (loan)
- 🦅 2015: Crystal Palace (loan)
- 🟡 2016: Norwich (loan)
- 🏺 2016-2017: Burnley (loan)
- 🔴 2017-2018: Middlesbrough
- 🦚 2018-present: Leeds United
Bamford's 100th goal in club football came against one of his former employers, Crystal Palace, a club for whom he didn't manage a single goal in nine appearances. He's now struck 38 times for the Peacocks, a team where he looks very much at home.
Bamford will be eager to get one over Arsenal this coming weekend, a team he would have no doubt considered to be a massive rival back in his Chelsea days.
And what about the Three Lions? An England call-up for the Leeds left-footer isn't totally out of the question, but with stiff competition for places in the attacking areas, he'll need to keep up the hard work.
And as Patrick Bamford knows more than most players in the English top-flight, hard work pays off big time.
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