Many Leeds United fans have been discussing Paul Merson’s comments about Patrick Bamford that recently emerged on social media.
While responding to Stelling, Merson claims that Bamford is on Southgate’s radar now and the fact that he plays upfront on his own is an ‘advantage’. He believes that the Leeds forward makes ‘unbelievable’ runs that people don’t often see because the Whites can’t often play the final ball to him.
Will Bamford play for England in 2021?
He further praised the striker and said: “I’m going, ‘You know what? That kid is a team player’. He’s not interested in himself and his stats, he’s interested in winning football matches. I thought he was absolutely outstanding, and he is getting better.”
These comments from Merson were relayed on Facebook by Leeds United -YEP. Many Whites fans made their views clear about this.
What did Leeds fans make of these comments about Bamford?
Bamford has been in fine form for the Whites this season, as he played 21 league games and has found the back of the net 11 times while also picking up six assists for Marcelo Bielsa’s men (as per Transfermarkt).
He did very well for the club in the 2019/20 season too, as he scored 16 goals in the Championship and even got four assists for the Whites (as per Transfermarkt). Some other Leeds fans also discussed whether Bamford should be considered by Southgate or not.
As things stand, England have at least three options for the strikers’ position. This includes Harry Kane, Tammy Abraham and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Danny Ings has also played thrice for the Three Lions, scoring one goal.
Because of that, Bamford would be quite low in the English pecking order for the striker’s role and because of that, it might be unlikely he gets a chance for the national team. Having said that, the 27-year-old is also eligible to play for Ireland and if things don’t work out on the England front, playing for Ireland might become an option.