Noel Whelan was blown away by Patrick Bamford’s “sick” claim as he revealed the almost “strange” Leeds United will to run through brick walls for Marcelo Bielsa.
The former Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed Bamford’s comments were a testament to the mental strength of the Leeds squad.
Bamford told the Official Leeds United podcast that he was sick after being made to work hard in the recent 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
He said, “I was actually sick in my mouth on the pitch when I was blowing. I thought I was going to burp and I was sick in my mouth.”
Whelan was impressed with what he heard from Bamford and hailed the mental strength of the Leeds squad as they often play through the pain barrier for their manager.
“The mental aspect is probably bigger than fitness,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“That’s what controls your fitness, that’s what controls your tiredness. Your head says that you’re tired but you’re not.
“There’s a strength and a second wind in there if you’re strong enough to push through that pain barrier.
“That’s what the lads do, you saw that with Stuart Dallas against Manchester City, that desire and hunger.
“They never say never and there’s always more in the tank. It’s a strange thing, they fight all the way through to the end and that only comes from players wanting to do that for the manager and the club.”
Diego Llorente’s late header secured a deserved draw for Leeds after Sadio Mane opened the scoring in the first half of last Monday’s clash at Elland Road.
The result left Leeds in the top half of the Premier League table ahead of Sunday’s clash against Manchester United.