Bamford responds to claims Leeds ‘need new striker’ amid Zlatan and Cavani


Patrick Bamford has told talkSPORT he is confident he will prove himself in the Premier League with Leeds United.

Bamford has been one of Leeds’ key players this season as the Whites finally ended their 16-year wait to get back to the English top-flight.

Bamford has already written his name in Leeds’ history books by leading their scoring as the club finally returned to the Premier League

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Bamford has already written his name in Leeds’ history books by leading their scoring as the club finally returned to the Premier League

The striker may not be as clinical in front of goal as many fans would like, but there’s no doubting his influence in the team coupled by the fact he is rated and valued by manager Marcelo Bielsa.

Bamford has seen off big competition from Jean-Kevin Augustin and Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah to be the Whites’ first-choice frontman this season, and is the club’s top scorer with 16 goals and four assists.

But that hasn’t stopped suggestions that the Yorkshire club need to bring in another striker this summer, with former manager David O’Leary telling talkSPORT this week that Bielsa needs a top-class forward to lead the line next season.

Two huge names to be already linked with a move to Elland Road are Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, with Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani even talking up the possibility of securing a stunning deal for one of the veteran goalscorers.

Former Leeds boss David O’Leary is excited to see the club back in the Premier League

But Bamford says his critics aren’t seeing the bigger picture, insisting he plays a much bigger role for the team than just finding the net.

Speaking to Darren Bent on talkSPORT 2, the 26-year-old said: “I’ve taken criticism throughout the whole season, and while from fans you can kind of understand it because they’re frustrated and they just want their team to win, I think sometimes when you get it from people who have played the game yet they’re still not seeing the whole package, that’s what’s frustrating.

“I agree that you can’t go into the Premier League with one striker, that’s a given, but I also back myself.

“I’ll be trying to learn, I’ll be keep trying to improve to make sure I can do as well as I can in the Premier League.

“I’ve got a lot of self-confidence that I can do the job, so for me it’s just about proving that now.”

Bamford is confident he is ready to lead the line for Leeds in the Premier League

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Bamford is confident he is ready to lead the line for Leeds in the Premier League

Asked if he’s more prepared for the Premier League compared to when he last played in the top-flight, during loan spells for Crystal Palace, Norwich, Burnley and Middlesbrough between 2015 and 2017, he said: “Yeah.

“When I went into the Premier League the first time I only started a handful of games, but I feel like now I’m much more physically developed, I know more about the game and I’m excited to get going.”

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