By Kevin Phillips

12th Feb, 2021 | 6:00pm

Phillips: I'm not surprised Zaha destroyed Leeds player as I heard the same

Kevin Phillips is not surprised Wilfried Zaha labelled Leeds United man-of-the-moment Patrick Bamford as the worst trainer he played with at Crystal Palace. 

The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed that he is well aware of the Leeds forward’s antics in training.

Zaha told the On The Judy Podcast named Bamford as the worst trainer he has played with following a loan spell at Palace in 2015 when “he would just smash things, left, right, and then on the pitch, he would bags”.

Bamford has been prolific in front of goal this season picking up 12 goals and five assists for Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the Premier League.

Phillips explained that some players don’t need to try as hard in training if they can perform at the weekend but warned that ‘getting away with it’ is unsustainable.

“I heard the same at Derby when he [Bamford] was there from players who trained with him”, Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“Some players are like that. I coached Bradley Johnson and at times it was like, ‘Bradley what’s wrong with you?’

“Then come matchday he was a different player. As long as they aren’t absolutely taking the mickey through the week. 

“Sometimes you just have to turn a blind eye, as long as they’re performing at the weekend then everyone’s happy. 

“If you’re not doing it through the week and you get picked at the weekend and you’re not performing, that’s where you get your problems. 

“At the minute, while everything’s going well and people are saying nice things about Leeds you can get away with it. 

“Some players are naturally like that, some players are built like that. Not many but some are.”

Bamford has answered his critics this season with his goalscoring exploits in the top flight as he bagged his 100th career goal against Crystal Palace last Monday.

He will be looking to take this tally to 101 this weekend as the Whites travel to The Emirates to take on Arsenal.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan claims that Leeds have been handed a ‘massive boost’ by an Arsenal injury update.