The 27-year-old has endured a nomadic career but finally appears settled at Leeds where he has spent the past two years spearheading Marcelo Bielsa’s forward line and helping reestablish the club as a Premier League force.
Bamford started out at Nottingham Forest before joining Chelsea as a teenager back in 2012. The talented striker spent five years under contract at the west London club but failed to make a single Premier League appearance and was loaned out on six different occasions.
Lampard was still a mainstay of the Chelsea midfield when Bamford arrived at Stamford Bridge and the current Blues boss insists the forward, who has seven Premier League goals already this term, should be proud of the way his career has panned out.
‘I remember him well,’ said Lampard ahead of Saturday’s game against Leeds. ‘He trained with us quite a lot as a young player when he arrived at the club. Clearly he had great finishing abilities and an eye for goal from those early stages at Chelsea.
‘Obviously it didn’t quite work out for him, that’s probably more due to the competition he faced during that period up front for us.
‘I think he should be proud for the way his career has gone to make different moves and to come back and be one of the leading scorers in the Premier League in a very good Leeds team.
Bamford is not the only Leeds player Lampard is familiar with given he and Jack Harrison were both team-mates together in the MLS with New York City.
‘A lovely lad, I spoke to him the other day,’ revealed Lampard. ‘But the player he has developed into, he’s one of their major players in an attacking sense. His career has gone in a great direction and will continue to.’