Patrick Bamford: The belief he has given me, I can't be more thankful

Patrick Bamford: The belief he has given me, I can\'t be more thankful

Striker on Hull City.

Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford spoke to the media ahead of Tuesday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Hull City.

The Whites host the Tigers at Elland Road, looking to extend the club's winning run to seven games.

Bamford spoke about recent months and admitted he is hugely grateful to head coach Marcelo Bielsa.

“I think every footballer goes through a patch and you have to come out the other side," said Bamford.

"Everyone has ups and downs, even coming through youth teams, you get tougher skinned, you have to have that to make it this far.

“It’s nice to have competition in the squad and it pushes you on, Eddie Nketiah has had a great impact for us, he has actually saved my skin a few times this year.

“There’s no doubt Bielsa has got lots of experience, he’s learnt more about us as players from last year.

“I can't thank him enough, he signed me and he stood by too.

“The belief he has given me, I can't be more thankful, I’ve always cried out for someone to believe in me as a number nine.

“Even when I was injured last season he stuck with me, and I can’t be more grateful for that.

“I pay quite a bit of attention to the goal-scoring charts, every striker wants to be at the top.

“Although Aleksandar Mitrovic is quite a bit ahead I still think he is catch-able.

Bamford also spoke about opposition fans and the impact that has on him on the field.

He said: “They have given me a bit of grief in the last few games and if they are going to give it, they have to take it back.

“If the away fans are booing I am doing something right.

"I feel like I’ve brought a nastier side to my game this season."