'Looked like he'd fall over' - Pundit on Leeds player who lost 71% of his duels v Chelsea
Noel Whelan has heaped praise on Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford for his difficult finish against Chelsea on Saturday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds forward and boyhood Whites fan was impressed with the 27-year-old’s composure and labelled his goal as “a really confident striker’s finish”.
In the fourth minute, Bamford latched onto a perfectly weighted pass from Kalvin Phillips and took the ball past Edouard Mendy with one touch before calmly finishing into an open goal.
Bamford has now scored eight goals in 11 Premier League games this season, half the total he managed in 45 Championship games last term.
However, some of his other statistics against Chelsea were less impressive.
Bamford lost 71 per cent of his 14 duels and only 16 of his 45 actions during the match were successful (Wyscout).
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Asked by Football Insider what he made of Bamford’s goal against his former club, Whelan said: “It wasn’t an easy finish because you can see out of the corner of their eye two defenders and also Mendy coming out at you as well.
“You’ve got to be composed, you’ve got to have that bit of skill and that first touch to take it round him was delightful, it really was.
“He got that right and had the composure to go and finish the ball in the back of the net which wasn’t easy.
“He looked like he was going to fall over. When you go round the goalkeeper there’s still a lot of work to do. You’ve got to stay concentrated and make sure you get good contact on the ball.
“When you’ve got the players behind you, you can feel their presence and you’ve got to make sure you hit the back of the net and he did that. It was a really confident striker’s finish.”
Bamford has now scored 34 games in 84 games across all competitions for the Yorkshire giants.
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