Leeds United 4-3 Fulham - who had a good day, who had a bad one, number of the day and turning point

Leeds United are off the mark in the Premier League thanks to yesterday's 4-3 win over Fulham at Elland Road, their second seven-goal thriller in a week.

By Graham Smyth
Sunday, 20th September 2020, 11:46 am
GOOD DAY - Patrick Bamford scored his second goal in two Premier League games for Leeds United, won a penalty and set up Helder Costa's second. Pic: Getty
GOOD DAY - Patrick Bamford scored his second goal in two Premier League games for Leeds United, won a penalty and set up Helder Costa's second. Pic: Getty

A week on from a 4-3 defeat at champions Liverpool, Marcelo Bielsa's men took a 4-1 lead over the Cottages before conceding twice in quick succession.

Number of the day

2

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Can Patrick Bamford do it in the Premier League? He could have done little more than score in both his first two outings for Leeds in the top flight, to answer that question. Against Fulham his overall contribution was excellent, too. He scored a good goal, on his right foot again, set up Helder Costa's second and won a penalty. Since football went behind closed doors Bamford has hit the net six times in 11 games. On the evidence we have seen so far, record signing Rodrigo has his work cut out to displace Bamford in the lone striker role, but the Spaniard might even benefit from the Englishman's form - at this rate he can take his time to properly adapt to Bielsa's ways.

Turning point

Bamford's goal

The first half was a tense, tight affair. After the break, Leeds scored a simple goal and derived a huge amount of confidence from it. Mateusz Klich's through ball was finished off expertly by Bamford and gave the Whites some breathing space. They were soon 4-1 up and that proved enough, just about.

Good day

Mateusz Klich

The Polish international midfielder scored an effortlessly cool penalty and claimed a nice assist for Bamford's goal. But his overall workrate was exceptional and he didn't stop until the end. Klich found the prospect of playing in the top flight amusing, this summer, because it wasn't so long since Leeds were farming him out on loan. He vowed to prove the club wrong and has gone on to become a vital part of Bielsa's team. His energy levels are remarkable and while it is still early days, he has looked every inch a Premier League player in his first two games. Helder Costa is worth an honourable mention, too. He took his two goals well but his appetite to get at defenders was terrific to watch and helpful in taking Leeds up the pitch.

Bad day

Rodrigo

Thrown in to play the Pablo Hernandez role at the last minute, Rodrigo lasted just 45 minutes before he was taken off by Bielsa. The head coach felt his record signing looked tired, having expended a huge amount of energy in the midweek cup game. We're yet to see much at all of the former Valencia man's ability and in the Fulham game it seemed to pass him by. Clearly needs time to get fully sharp and up to speed with how this team plays. As Jack Harrison and now Costa have proved, the more time you spend under Bielsa, the better you get.