Stealing a car and outing teacher’s pet – Bamford on Leeds stars’ best pranks

Taking the p*** out of each other, stealing a team-mate’s car and outing teacher’s pet – Patrick Bamford has opened the dressing room door to life at Leeds.

Leeds are firmly established in the Premier League after 16 years in exile and their team great team spirit under Marcelo Bielsa has been key to their success.

Anyone who makes a mistake is ribbed mercilessly and Bamford has been the target this week because of his “assist” at Newcastle when he lost possession to gift them their equaliser.

The striker doesn’t mind and says being able to laugh about his hospital pass to Luke Ayling has helped him deal with his error.

“It actually helps because if someone is always ‘oh, are you all right?’ after a game, I’d rather someone take the p*** so you can laugh about it,” said Bamford.

“I was a bit disappointed with my performance at Newcastle. I gave the goal away just before I got taken off, which made it a little bit worse.

“I’m not going to play well every game and it’s not every day a striker gets an assist for the other team!”

Not even England midfielder Kalvin Phillips is spared from the abuse and Bamford says he is Bielsa’s teacher’s pet.

Bamford revealed Bielsa admitted Phillips is his favourite when he said he is the one Leeds player he would be happy for his two daughters Ines and Mercedes to marry.

Speaking on the Official Leeds United Podcast, Bamford said: “Kalv is teacher’s pet because I remember Marcelo said that if his daughters were to marry a footballer or someone at Leeds, he would pick Kalvin.”

Bamford says he and Phillips also joined forces last season to prank Ben White when they nicked his car and hid it in the prison opposite their Thorp Arch training ground.

“Ben White, his car got moved into the prison and it was me and Kalv,” said the former Chelsea forward.

“He watched it on the CCTV and he could see Kalv was in his car, but he couldn’t see who was driving because I had the visor down.

“He asked everyone and he didn’t realise it was me for about two months.

"That’s why he didn’t come back!”

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