Patrick Bamford ready for the good times at Leeds

Leeds’ latest signing Patrick Bamford is convinced good times lie ahead for the club under head coach Marcelo Bielsa.

Bamford signed a four-year deal this week after Leeds agreed a reported deal worth up to £10million with Sky Bet Championship rivals Middlesbrough.

The 24-year-old striker became Leeds’ fifth summer signing and is expected to make his debut on Sunday in Bielsa’s first competitive game in charge against Stoke at Elland Road.

“I’ve only been here a couple of days, but so far can see no stone is left unturned,” Bamford said of the former Argentina coach. “He’s so meticulous with everything he does.

“It’s something different to what I’ve experienced before. To be honest, the whole set-up and the way the regime is, from what I can see, it really is exciting stuff.

“You can tell we’re going to be fit, we’re going to be a strong team and the ideas behind it all, they make a lot of sense. It’s going to be a good year I think.”

Three other new recruits – Lewis Baker, Barry Douglas and Jack Harrison – could all make their debuts, while another, goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, is expected to start on the bench.

Stoke boss Gary Rowett has good reason to approach his first competitive game in charge of the club full of confidence.

Rowett, tasked with leading the Potters straight back to the top flight after replacing Paul Lambert in May, has never lost at Elland Road as a manager.

He won 2-1 at Leeds with Derby last season and during his spell in charge of Birmingham he won two and drew one of his three games there.

“It’ll be interesting,” Rowet told a press conference. “Leeds won’t really know what to expect from us and we don’t really know what to expect from them.

“That’s the first game. You can prepare all you want, but ultimately for the first game you have to focus on yourself, what you’ve got to do.”

Stoke moved swiftly and effectively to draw a line under last season’s disappointment.

Key players such as Joe Allen have been retained and while Xherdan Shaqiri, sold to Liverpool for £13million, heads a list of players to have departed, the Potters have made several shrewd new signings.

The recruitment of the likes of Oghenekaro Etebo, James McClean, Tom Ince and latest arrival Ashley Williams has added credence to the club’s promotion favourites tag.

“The fact we’ve got a good squad is great, but we have to make sure that good squad fights for every point we’re going to get this season,” Rowet added. “So we don’t take an awful lot of notice of the odds.”

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