Patrick Bamford Profile
|Born||Sep 05, 1993|
Patrick Bamford has been proving people wrong his whole life, and continues to do so as Leeds United striker, becoming a key player in the Premier League this season
Patrick Bamford is an English professional soccer player who plays for Leeds United in the Premier League as a striker.
Bamford came through the youth academy at Nottingham Forest, graduating in 2011 and signing for Chelsea in 2012. While on the books of the Blues, he struggled to gain first team action, spending time on loan at MK Dons, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Burnley.
Eventually, Bamford was allowed to leave Chelsea and signed for Middlesbrough on a permanent basis before moving on to Leeds United in 2018.
At Leeds, he has fulfilled the promise he showed as a youngster. In the Premier League, he has proven his critics wrong, scoring regularly for Marcelo Bielsa's men.
After playing junior soccer for Muskham Cougars, Bamford joined Nottingham Forest's academy at the age of eight. He attended the independent fee-paying Nottingham High School. His school did not have a soccer team, so he played rugby union as a full-back until the end of Year 10.
Bamford was offered the opportunity to attend Harvard University on a soccer scholarship after impressive academic results, but opted to focus on pursuing a soccer career in England.
His decision paid dividends initially. After graduating from Nottingham Forest's academy in 2011, Bamford joined Chelsea in January 2012 and his prospects looked bright.
Even after the Blues loaned him out, Bamford was prolific for Milton Keynes Dons, Derby County and Middlesbrough. He was the Football League Championship Player of the Season in 2014/15.
He said, as quoted by the EFL's website: "First and foremost I have to concentrate on these last few games and hope that Boro as a team go up and we can push into the Premier League.
"After that I'm concentrating on the Euro's with England so, I think by the time I'm back from the Euro's I can sit down with Chelsea and see what's happening.
"There is a chance I could play against Boro but it's open ended and I won't find out till July. Thanks to the club, my team mates because without them I wouldn't be here and of course the manager and my family."
However, it became increasingly difficult to see a path into the Blues first team for him, particularly after Chelsea stormed to the 2014/15 Premier League title with Diego Costa leading the line with distinction.
Bamford's subsequent loan spells at Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Burnley were less prolific.
In January 2017, Bamford joined Middlesbrough on a four-and-a-half-year deal in the region of £5.5million.
Bamford played out wide and as a striker for Boro. He suffered relegation from the Premier League with them, but played a key role in the team which made the Championship play-off semi-finals the following season.
Patrick Bamford and Leeds United
Bamford joined Leeds United on a four-year contract on July 31, 2018 for a fee reported to be in the region of £10million, becoming one of the new signings to usher in the Marcelo Bielsa era at Elland Road. He scored 10 goals in 25 matches in all competitions during the 2018/19 season as Leeds United were eliminated in the Championship play-off semi-finals by Derby County.
Bamford went on to score 16 goals in 45 Championship matches in the 2019/20 season as Leeds secured promotion and the Championship title. Even so, there was doubt in some quarters regarding whether or not Bamford was a clinical enough goalscorer to play a major role for Bielsa's side in the Premier League.
Bamford proved his critics wrong with a series of vital goals in the Premier League in the 2020/21 season.
He gained rave reviews not only for his performances on the field of play, but also for his stance against racism in sport.
After six Premier League clubs tried to play a part in forming a breakaway European Super League, Bamford told Sky Sports: "We've just seen what pretty much everyone else has seen on Twitter.
"It's amazing the amount of uproar that comes in to the game when somebody's pockets are being hurt.
"It's a shame it's not like that when all the things that go wrong with things at the minute, racism and stuff like that.
"It's something we talk about but once you're on the pitch you're not thinking about stuff that goes on outside the ground.
"We're like fans really, we can't believe it and we're talking about it [among ourselves].
"We don't know what's going to happen and we're in shock.
"I think that for me personally from what I've seen on Twitter and the news, I haven't see one football fan who is happy about the decision.
"I think football ultimately is for the fans. Without the fans every single club would be pretty much nothing.
"It's important we stand our ground and show that football is for the fans and try and keep it that way."
Bamford has spoken of how he has often been viewed differently to his peers in soccer given that it is known as a working class sport and he is of a more privileged upbringing than many fellow players.
"Football is generally a working-class sport and because of the fact I went to private school and was brought up slightly differently, people think that makes me a different person," he was quoted as saying by The Sun.
"But if you ask anyone who has worked with me properly, they will say it makes no difference.
"I'd argue strongly against anyone who said that because of the way they were brought up, they had it handed to them.
"It's a load of rubbish. Nobody in the footballing world got here by having it handed to them.
"Even though I was sent to private school, it was purely because mum and dad wanted the best for me and they worked their socks off in order to be able to give me that.
"Everyone has to work hard. Everything you get is because of the work you put in yourself."
Bamford plays the piano, violin, guitar and saxophone, and can speak French, Spanish and German to some degree.
Bamford is reported to be dating model Michaela Ireland.
Patrick Bamford's net worth
According to Spotrac, Bamford earns an annual salary of £1.82million at Leeds.