In-form Leeds striker Patrick Bamford has explained the thinking behind the goal celebration he has made his own this season.
Bamford went into the Premier League season with a number of question marks over his ability to perform in the top flight.
The 27-year-old netted 16 times last season in 47 appearances as Marcelo Bielsa’s side secured promotion from the Championship. But he was guilty of missing many more and fans and pundits alike suggested he should have had more to shwo for his efforts.
Bamford, however, has had no such issues adapting to the Premier League. Goals at Liverpool and Sheffield United sandwiched a strike in the home win over Fulham.
And the forward illustated his new-found confidence with a blistering hat-trick on Friday night as Leeds emphatically ended Aston Villa’s 100% start.
Bamford’s treble takes him to six goals in as many games this term; proof if ever needed he can cut it in the Premier League.
Taking to Instagram, Bamford has now explained the meaning behind this season’s goal celebration.
“This is the bolt. It’s a symbol for (the) planet, a force of nature and the symbol of @hyloathletics mission using sport to inspire positive change for our planet.
“Sport, and particularly football, in this country has enormous power for good.
“Celebrating with the bolt is my way of standing up for our earth. Climate change is a threat to sport and if we don’t act, it’s going to get worse.
“I’m passionate about leaving our Planet in a better place we found it.”
Bielsa praise for ‘noble’ Bamford
Bamford’s hat-trick brings him level with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in third place in the race for the golden boot. Only Tottenham’s Son Heung-min and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin have scored more in the top flight so far.
Speaking to Match of the Day after the win at Villa, Bielsa heaped praise on his striker. He also insisted Bamford deserves all the credit for his development, rather than himself.
“It was an important game for us and a deserved triumph,” he said. “We scored first and were a little bit lucky they didn’t score some of the chances they had.
“We were playing well even before the goal and had played well enough to go ahead.
“Very happy for Patrick because he scored some wonderful goals. Apart from that a noble player who sacrifices a lot for the team – generous also.
“I think his development is more to do with him and less to do with me.”