Patrick Bamford has “baffled” Premier League rivals with his “elegant” style at Leeds United, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Aston Villa manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the opposition need to be “ultra-clever” to stop the 27-year-old.

Bamford has netted 13 goals and contributed six assists in 26 top-flight appearances for Leeds this season.

He led the line against Villa on Saturday afternoon, having netted a hat-trick in the reverse fixture back in October.

However, he was unable to replicate the feat in the 1-0 defeat at Elland Road.

The English hitman has started every single one of the Whites’ top-flight fixtures this season.

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A defender during his playing days, McLeish revealed what former boss Sir Alex Ferguson would have said about stopping Bamford.

McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Bamford, he defies logic, what a player.

“He looks elegant, he’s an elegant centre-forward with his running style, his finishing has been exemplary.

“Back in the day Alex Ferguson would have said to me: ‘You put that Bamford out the game, big man.’ 

“It wouldn’t be by fouling. I’d have had to be ultra-clever to stop Bamford from scoring goals.

“He’s baffled a lot of the Premier League’s defenders so well done Patrick.” 

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Saturday’s appearance against Villa means Bamford has now made more appearances for Leeds (98) than any other club.

He has scored a total of 39 goals for the Whites across all competitions to date.

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