PATRICK BAMFORD: I REMEMBER THINKING KEEP TALKING, WE’RE STILL WINNING

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford sits down to answer your question!

The latest episode of Deliveroo’s #Ask series dropped this week, and fans are declaring it the best yet!

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford took time out to sit down and answer as many of your questions over 25 minutes, covering everything from the Millwall celebration, adding s’housing to his repertoire, shout outs from Bon Jovi, THAT hug in training and what wearing the number 9 shirt means to him!

Read some of his answers below, or watch the full episode now:

How are you doing in lockdown? How have you been keeping fit?“Yeah not too bad, trying to keep a routine as much as possible in terms of getting up and doing my training in the morning. Then it’s just trying to find stuff to do in the afternoon, it’s not been too bad but it’s starting to drag on now.    “We get sent a programme every night by Benoit, so in the morning I try to get it done first thing, about 45 minutes gym, 45 minutes running, give or take. Sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it’s not too bad but I’ve just been running down to the local cricket pitch and doing it there.”   Best player you’ve played alongside?   “Either Hazard, De Bruyne, Fabregas was unreal, in fact there was a few there (Chelsea), Mata and Oscar were

ridiculous as well. Wilfred Zaha at Palace, and then obviously I was at MK Dons with Dele who has gone on to great things.”   How did your move to Leeds come about?   “It was actually quite strange. I thought I was staying at Middlesbrough. I knew that Forest had originally put a bid in as Aitor (Karanka) was there, who used to manage me, but Middlesbrough basically put a stupid figure on it, that was pretty much double what Leeds ended up paying. So that was when the first offer came in, but that didn’t really change anything for me, as it was just two clubs talking.   “Then I remember, I heard talk about Leeds being interested, which pricked my ears up. We were playing a friendly against Sunderland, and it got cancelled halfway through. I was supposed to start but Tony Pulis came over and said ‘Let’s go for a chat’. He was like ‘I’m taking you out of the starting team and you know why, don’t you?’, I said no, he replied ‘Leeds have put a bid in, we’ve accepted it’. I was like ‘Really?’   “A lot of people have stories about Tony but I couldn’t speak highly enough of him, because he was honest and said ‘Look, they’ve accepted a bid, I just want to thank you for your time and everything you’ve given.’ So that was pretty much it, once he said it was the club’s decision, my head was only on Leeds.”

What does it feel like to walk out in front of 35,000 at Elland Road?   “I was saying this to my girlfriend the other day, how much I miss just walking out and hearing the roar. I was watching a video of the fans singing before a game, and I was just thinking about that sound. Especially when it’s a big game and you can tell the crowd is up for it, that kind of sends tingles down your spine. It helps, not that a player is never up for a game, but to give you that extra push, that extra nudge, I think that atmosphere and that feeling just… it’s hard to explain unless you feel it.”   Best atmosphere you’ve experienced then?   “100%. In terms of playing at home week in, week out, then yeah, Elland Road is the best atmosphere I’ve ever experienced. The only time I’ve ever felt something louder, and it normal because it was a bigger stadium, is when I played at Wembley. And that wasn’t much louder considering there was nearly 90,000 people there, so fair play to Leeds fans.”   Favourite game for Leeds?   “I think for me, maybe the Bolton game last season was quite a good one. I had come back for the first time from the knee injury, so to me that was quite special as I’d been out for ages. In terms of this year, one of the comebacks has got to be up there, like Millwall.”    Favourite goal for Leeds?    “In terms of a striker’s goal, actually one of my favourites even though it turned out to be a horrible game was at home to Wigan last season. The ball came fizzing in, it wasn’t even for me, I brought it down with my left and smashed it in with my right, that’s probably up there. And probably the Preston one from outside the box.”