By Kealan Hughes

5th Mar, 2021 | 6:30am

Patrick Bamford talking about Erling Haaland shows why he is now a top player

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford would be delighted if Erling Haaland joined the club.

The Borussia Dortmund striker is one of Europe’s top marksmen this season but he is often talked about on Elland Road.

That is partly because he has previously stated it is his dream to win the league with Leeds.

Appearing on the Official Leeds United Podcast (37:45) Matthew Lewis asked Bamford if he was worried about losing his place when Haaland signs in the summer, rather tongue in cheek.

The striker responded in a similar vein saying: “I relish the competition.”

Haaland may be a world away from Elland Road currently but Bamford’s answer gives a great insight into his mindset.

He often has detractors and critics but he has always remained positive and had the right attitude in games.

That has allowed him to prove the doubters wrong and score 13 league goals this season.

It seems he would welcome competition for his place, something Leeds lack currently, and that has the potential to make him a better player.

Bamford is a player who is constantly developing and that must come from his willingness to learn.

His attitude and selflessness earns him frequent praise from Marcelo Bielsa, and also led Gary Neville to describe him as a “special” player.

He paid particular praise to the forward’s “unbelievable” work when out of possession.

That aspect of his game means it is possible that Bamford would retain his place in the side even if we were to sign a top-quality striker.

The high-press is key to our strategy and Bamford’s energy is an essential cog in the machine.

Fortunately, we have not been without him this season but it is telling that the last game he missed was the 3-0 defeat to Crawley.

We wish every player shared Bamford’s mentality as it has allowed him to get better and better.

Signing Haaland would still be nice though.

In other Leeds United news, Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed the team news ahead of Monday’s clash with West Ham.