By Darren Bent

11th Jan, 2020 | 5:00pm

'You can see why Bielsa loves him' - Darren Bent in awe of Leeds man who started today

Darren Bent says it is clear to see why Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa “loves” having Patrick Bamford lead the line at Elland Road.

The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says the 26-year-old is more than just a goalscorer for the Whites, heralding the hard work he puts in up front.

Bamford started Saturday’s Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday but was unable to find the back of the net in what finished as a 2-0 defeat for Bielsa and his men.

Bent says that the former Middlesbrough man’s work rate sets him aside from other strikers and says that Bielsa obviously demands more than just someone to stick the ball in the back of the net.

“Bielsa clearly loves Bamford and you can see why Bielsa loves him,” Bent told Football Insider.

“Even when Bamford isn’t scoring he plays him and that’s because obviously Bamford puts a shift in, if he’s not scoring he leads the line and he works hard.

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“Bielsa and his team obviously need more than just goals.” 

Bamford has now started 25 of the club’s 27 Championship fixtures, injury handing Eddie Nketiah a chance to deputise against Birmingham and West Brom.

However, the Arsenal youngster was recalled by the Gunners after his lack of game time, leaving Bamford as the club’s only senior centre-forward.

He has 10 goals in his 26 appearances for the Whites, one more strike than he managed in 22 outings during an injury-plagued 2018/19 campaign.

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