Leeds showing big-time intent with striker talks imminent

Date published: Wednesday 10th February 2021 9:54 - Neil Foster

Patrick Bamford

Reports claim Leeds United will soon open talks with in-form striker Patrick Bamford over a bumper new deal at Elland Road.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough season for the Whites. Having scored 16 Championship goals last term, he has bagged 12 in the Premier League from 22 appearances in 2020-2021.

Before this season, the Grantham-born forward had scored just once in the top flight. That came during a short stint with Middlesbrough in 2016-2017.

Bamford was on the Chelsea books between 2012 and 2017 but did not kick a ball for the Blues. He was loaned out to the likes of MK Dons, Derby, Boro, Crystal Palace, Norwich and Burnley.

Having penned permanent terms on Teesside in January 2017, he found himself at Leeds in the summer of 2018. He signed a four-year deal and has been steadily improving ever since.

Having notched nine goals in his first term at the West Yorkshire outfit, he upped his output the following season. And, after establishing himself as a Premier League force, there has been talk of an England call-up.

Whether Gareth Southgate opts to give him a shot only time will tell, but he is in the form of his life. The former England Under-21 star will enter the final year of his deal next season.

And it seems as though Leeds want to secure him for the long term. Football Insider are reporting that negotiations with his agent will begin sooner rather than later.

He currently earns about £40,000 per week and any new deal would surely dwarf that figure.

Leeds taking decisive action

Other clubs are sure to show an interest, with Chelsea already linked to their former player. Bamford is entering the prime years of his career and there are likely to be other suitors.

With that in mind, it is no surprise that the money men are looking at opening dialogue. Leeds have adapted well to life back in the Premier League.

They are virtually assured of another season in England’s top division, with 32 points from 22 games played. That sees them in 10th spot in the table – one place above Arsenal.

They beat Palace 2-0 last time out and will next be in action against the Gunners on Sunday. Bamford scored the second goal against the Eagles and will look to further enhance his reputation at the Emirates.

Mikel Arteta’s side have nosedived again after an upturn and Marcelo Bielsa will fancy his chances in north London.

 

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