Noel Whelan has been left raving over the combative performances of Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford and says he is a “different animal” when he performs as he has been doing.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds forward and lifelong supporter at Elland Road says that the 26-year-old has brought an aggressive nature to his game which has been much needed when leading the line.

Despite not scoring in the 1-0 win over West Brom in midweek, the striker was lauded by fans and pundits for his performance up front as he battled with the Baggies’ defenders.

Whelan says that the striker’s work ethic was exceptional against Slaven Bilic’s men and that he is a nightmare for opposition players when he puts in such energetic displays.

Whelan told Football Insider: “He was brilliant. When you tick every single box as a striker the one you really want is a goal but with the performance that he produced the other night, chasing everything down, making bad balls into good balls and taking us back to the 1990s I would say.

“That aggression of a striker, using his body well, I love to see that side of Patrick Bamford. When he’s aggressive like that, he’s a different animal altogether.

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“The work rate he put in, the effort he put in, holding the ball up, chasing the ball down that he had no right to win – the fans can appreciate that, I can appreciate that.” 

Bamford has started every one of Leeds’ Championship games under Marcelo Bielsa this season, scoring four goals and keeping summer arrival Eddie Nketiah on the bench.

The former Middlesbrough man joined the club in the summer of 2018 but endured an injury-plagued first season with the Whites.

In other Leeds United news, Whelan claims that one Elland Road player looked unhappy with Bielsa after the win over West Brom.