Date: 11th March 2020 at 5:00pm
Written by: Zak Roome

Some Leeds United fans have been reacting on social media after Andrew Hughes praised Patrick Bamford for his work off the ball against Huddersfield Town during Saturday’s 2-0 win.

Hughes was on commentary duty for LUTV during the weekend’s West Yorkshire Derby, which saw Bamford double our lead in the 51st-minute to record his 13th goal of the Championship campaign.

No United player has scored more often in the second-tier this season than the Grantham-born striker we signed from Middlesbrough in 2018 for £10million, and Hughes is insistent that Bamford is a “top, top player” who offers boss Marcelo Bielsa more than just someone to put the ball over the line.

“Watch his movement,” Hughes said, via quotes by LUFC Data. “With our Sheffield United U23s, I’ve spoken to my number 9 about Patrick Bamford.

“For all the stick he gets, his centre-forward play, his movement and bravery is outstanding. He’s a top, top player. He’s a pleasure to watch.”

Has Bamford proven himself to be value for money?

Yes, he was worth £10m

Yes, he was worth £10m

No, he has not been worth it

No, he has not been worth it

Hughes was appointed as the Blades’ Under 23s lead coach last summer following a spell in Huddersfield Town’s first-team coaching set-up, and enjoyed a playing career that featured stints with Leeds, Norwich and Charlton Athletic.

He has a wealth of knowledge to call on to build his assessment of what Bamford has to offer Bielsa, and was in the stands for the right game as Saturday’s win over the Terriers saw the 26-year-old end what had been a seven-game drought.

Bamford also completed 21 of his 38 passes (75%) at home to our West Yorkshire rivals, took 49 touches and directed two of his three shots on target with the other blocked, per WhoScored data.

Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Hughes’ praise for Bamford…

In other Leeds United news, the club are considering a move to sign a midfielder who completes 52% of his long passes.

 
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