Bamford wary of second-season syndrome
Patrick Bamford has admitted Leeds United may find it tougher in the Premier League this season with rival teams now more aware of what they are up against.
The Whites exceeded expectations last season as, back in the top-flight for the first time since 2004 - they managed to finish in ninth place - and they are 6/5 for another top-half finish in the 2021-22 season and 8/1 to push even higher and secure a top-six berth.
Marcelo Bielsa was routinely praised for the job he did at Elland Road, but now, as preparations are stepped up for the new campaign, everyone at the club knows they are expected to at least match what they did last year or even improve again.
Bamford, who was one of the star men with 17 league goals and eight assists last season, believes teams will be wary of Bielsa's side in the upcoming campaign but he's also confident there will be an improvement from the West Yorkshire outfit.
We've got to push on and improve from where we were last year.Patrick Bamford
He told LUTV: "I feel good, I'm relaxed to be honest. You have to improve each year as a team and individually as well. It goes hand in hand, we've got to push on and improve from where we were last year.
"The second season is sometimes harder because people know what you're about. Even though Leeds are a big club, nobody really expected us to do what we did. So, I think now we've done it, the expectations will be higher."
The Whites kick off the new campaign with a mouth-watering clash with old foes Manchester United at Old Trafford on 14th August and warm up for the new season with friendlies at Guiseley, Blackburn Rovers and Fleetwood Town before then.