In-form Leeds striker is scoring regularly after a career spent on the move and battling misconceptions about his background
The message beneath Patrick Bamford’s Twitter avatar seems particularly heartfelt. “Grass isn’t always greener on the other side,” it declares. “It’s greener where you water it.” Sean Dyche, Alan Pardew, Alex Neil, Garry Monk and the other managers who underestimated the Leeds United striker’s talent cannot fail to appreciate the pointed subtext.
When Bamford registered the 100th professional goal of his career as Marcelo Bielsa’s side beat Crystal Palace last Monday those pundits who had declared he was not a Premier League centre forward were fully silenced. It was his 12th in 22 top-tier games this season and, considering Harry Kane has scored 13 and Jamie Vardy 11, emphasised precisely why the 27-year-old striker is now in contention for an England summons.