Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has come in for some criticism today after suggesting that he would like to remain at the club for “… the next five years…”.
Admittedly five years is a long time in football but you’d like to think that the Elland Road faithful would welcome some commitment and loyalty from their players, particularly with so much uncertainty regarding which division they’ll be competing in next season.
Bamford is the footballing version of Marmite however. You either love him or you hate him! His goal scoring record in the lower leagues isn’t prolific but nor is it anything to be ashamed of… 18 in 37 at MK Dons, 17 in 38 on loan at Middlesbrough followed by another 11 in 47 whilst there permanently. He’s notched 22 in 58 league outings for Leeds to date but there’s more to his all round game. He links up well but the feeling lingers that he could score even more goals. The 26-year-old has failed to find the net during brief opportunities in the Premier League but still the Republic of Ireland have come calling. English born Bamford played a solitary match for the Irish under-18s before representing England at various age groups. With the potential of an international call-up abound though, he seemed indifferent to the idea of representing the Emerald Isle.
Bamford will surely be keen to get another crack in the top flight with Leeds United and have the home fans and Irish manager Stephen Kenny fawning over him… or does he hold out hope of Gareth Southgate taking note of his performances.
Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, who himself lasted five years at Coventry City (31 league goals) has described Bamford’s statement as “… ridiculous”.
At the age of 31, will Bamford be banging in the Premier League goals for Leeds United whilst gracing the international stage in a green shirt? If this blog’s still going in 2025 then I’ll let you know!