Date: 26th March 2021 at 7:25pm
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Patrick Bamford has been speaking on the latest official Leeds United podcast following their 2-1 victory away to Fulham in their last game before the break. 

The 27-year-old striker opened the scoring at Craven Cottage just a day after finding out he had not been included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

The three points took Marcelo Bielsa’s side back up to 11th place in the Premier League table with 10th-placed Aston Villa just two points ahead of them.

However, whilst speaking on the podcast, Bamford revealed he was not certain he was going to be able to play against the west London side with the striker worrying about his fitness following his return from injury

He said: “Two days after the game I was struggling to walk. I was in a right pickle, a little bit better now.

“I know Marcelo said in the press conference the day before that I’ll be fit and expected to play, but I didn’t think I was going to be able to play until I did the fitness test at the hotel the morning of the game. And even then I thought, ‘I’m going to struggle here.’

“And the fitness coach [Benoit Delaval] was like, ‘Nah, you’ll be alright.’ I was like: ‘Benny, I’m struggling a bit here’ and he was like, ‘No, trust me, you’ll be fine.’ 

“It was kind of one of them where in my head I thought there’s no way I’m gonna be able to play this game. But I’m glad that they pushed me through it. Because once the adrenaline kicked in, and everything kind of worked out the way it did, it was a good job I did play.”

Do you think Bamford deserves an England call-up?

Yes, definitely

Yes, definitely

No, he hasn't done that much

No, he hasn't done that much

Bamford has had an impressive season back in the top flight of football with the 27-year-old finding the back of the net 14 times in the alone (via Transfermarkt).

TIF Thoughts on Bamford’s season…

For a club that has just come up from the Championship, to have a striker who has netted 14 times in already is a massive boost. Some pundits had tipped Leeds to go straight back down this season, however, Bamford has played a massive part in their success this season, which has United on the verge of a place in the top half of the table.

And perhaps the coaching staff deserve praise for their role in Leeds’ campaign, judging by how they essentially spurred Bamford and the team to victory at Craven Cottage.

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