Patrick Bamford wasted no time in giving Gareth Southgate a reminder that maybe he ought to have been picked for England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
The striker performed the starring position at Craven Cottage with a purpose and an help in Leeds’ 2-1 win over Fulham on Friday evening.
Bamford was a notable absentee from Southgate’s squad introduced on Thursday and his purpose made him the second prime scoring Englishman within the Premier League this season – solely Harry Kane has extra.
Leeds thought they’d opened the scoring within the eighth minute, however VAR dominated Tyler Roberts offside within the build-up and Luke Ayling’s header was disallowed.
It might have been Ayling’s first Premier League purpose for the membership and he celebrated in fashion by letting down his hair and enjoying the air guitar.
Sadly, the defender needed to watch on as a prolonged VAR evaluate resulted within the purpose being chalked off.
Leeds did finally take the lead simply earlier than the half-hour mark.
Jack Harrison’s cross discovered Bamford, who made no mistake in placing it previous Alphonse Areola to interrupt the impasse.
It was his 14th Premier League purpose of the season, solely two behind Kane’s whole of 16 – the highest scoring Englishman within the prime flight.
Leeds’ purpose benefit didn’t final lengthy, nevertheless, with Joachim Andersen equalising for Fulham from an Ademola Lookman nook, the 15th time Bielsa’s males have conceded from a nook this season.
Andersen beat Ayling to the ball earlier than hitting the again of the online with a first-time strike for his first membership purpose since his arrival on mortgage from Lyon in the summertime switch window.
In the beginning of the second half, Fulham needed to climate the Leeds stress as they pushed for a second – which got here within the 58th minute after one other fast break.
Kalvin Phillips dispossessed Mario Lemina earlier than one other defensive error from Fulham allowed the ball to be performed by way of to Bamford, who discovered Raphinha with the winger capable of slot previous Areola.
Leeds stored pushing ahead to attain a 3rd to kill the sport off nevertheless it was not wanted ultimately as they got here away 2-1 winners.
The defeat was not what Fulham supervisor Scott Parker wished as his facet stay within the drop zone, two factors off security having performed twice greater than Newcastle and Brighton, in 17th and 16th respectively.