Norwell's Patrick Bamford fires winner for Leeds United as striker joins race for Premier League golden boot
Patrick Bamford says there is no reason why he shouldn’t be aiming for the Premier League golden boot after a strong start to the season.
The Leeds United forward, from Norwell, scored the deciding goal as the Whites sealed a 1-0 win over Burnley on Sunday.
When quizzed by Sky Sports at full-time on whether the golden boot was in his sights he said: “Why not? If I don’t make it, at least I have set my standards high.
“It is a big push but you have to set your targets high — you never know.”
Bamford, 27, won and scored a penalty inside the opening five minutes which moved his goalscoring tally to 10 for the season.
“We knew that if I made the runs in behind there would be space there, fortunately it worked,” he said.
“I’ve been practising penalties all the time in training, it’s always been me and Klichy (Mateusz Klich).
“I took them last year until I missed, then it was Klichy until he missed, even though he scored.
“So I thought it was still his job, but he said ‘No, Pat it is yours today.’
“I think it is a good achievement [to get to 10 goals]. I am really happy.
“I won’t stop now, there’s a lot of hard work to be done but it keeps me in touch with the top scorers.
“We haven’t had to come up against too many teams like that (in Burnley) where they’ve tested our physical resolve with a different style of play.
“It was a real slog out there.
“We weren’t at it like we would like to be.
“A one-nil win is sometimes nice.”
The striker also reflected on how playing in the Premier League for Leeds was different to his spells in England’s top flight with Crystal Palace, Norwich, Burnley and Middlesbrough.
“It is different because last time I didn’t really play,” he said.
“Attacking-wise, we are brilliant, even on our pitch, which makes it difficult.
“Defensively, it is the whole team.
“Even though we have conceded a few goals, it is not the defence who are to blame, it works from the front, from me and backwards.
“That (the defence) can get tightened up, but it is a work in progress and we can’t be too unhappy with the start we have made.”
Leeds went on to thrash Sam Allardyce’s West Brom 5-0 on Tuesday and although Bamford wasn’t on the scoresheet, he did register an assist.