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Chelsea play host to Leeds United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night, and there are a few familiar faces for Frank Lampard in the Leeds United team.
Chelsea academy product Patrick Bamford is currently the highest scorer for Leeds, and the striker joined Chelsea as a youngster in 2012 while Frank Lampard was still at the club.
Now 27, Bamford is doing well for Leeds, and the Chelsea boss has looked back to the player’s time at the club.
“I remember him well,” Lampard said of Bamford,
“He trained with us quite a lot as a young player when he arrived at the club and clearly had great finishing ability and an eye for goal from that early stage at Chelsea.
“Obviously it didn’t quite work out for him, which was probably more due to the competition he faced at that period up front for us, but he should be proud of the way his career has gone.”
Bamford has scored 7 goals in the Premier League so far this season.
Lampard will also face Jack Harrison, a teammate of his during his time at New York City. Harrison is now a key player for Leeds, and Lampard is impressed with the progress he has made so far.
“Jack is a million miles from the player he was in New York,” Lampard said.
“I hope that doesn’t sound a negative in any way because he was a real developing player at that point. I’ve got a lot of time for him and we keep in touch – I actually spoke to him the other day.
“The player he’s developed into at Leeds has been really impressive. He’s playing great football, a threat to feet, quick, runs with high intensity and he’s one of their major players in an attacking sense so I’m delighted with how his career has gone.”