Paul Robinson: Leeds United striker Bamford will be boosted by England chants
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Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford will see his confidence rocket even more after his name was sung in England’s last match, according to Paul Robinson.
Bamford, 27, outscored all Englishmen in the Premier League this season except for Three Lions captain Harry Kane but still failed to make Gareth Southgate’s squad for the upcoming European Championships.
Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins was called up to the preliminary squad ahead of Bamford and when he came off the bench in England’s win against Romania on Sunday, it was Bamford’s name that could be heard in the stands [LeedsLive].
Ex-Leeds goalkeeper Robinson believes Bamford has already silenced a lot of his critics but wants him to keep on doing it after his name was chanted at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium on Sunday.
“He just enjoys proving people wrong,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“He’s had a lot of critics over the 18 months, previous to him coming to the Premier League, about his lack of goals from his chances. But he’s proved everyone wrong.
“He scored 17 goals in the Premier League this season and he’s going to keep doing that next season.
“With the type of character he is, he’ll thoroughly enjoy proving people wrong next season and I don’t think he’ll see not getting in the England squad as a setback, I think he’ll use it as ammunition to make himself better and stronger.”
When discussing the England fans who sung about Bamford at the weekend, Robinson added: “It’ll be a massive confidence boost.
“Patrick’s a confidence player. He’s got the backing from his manager like last summer when everyone thought they should have got a top striker in and at times when he wasn’t scoring there was talk about changing the team and playing Rodrigo.
“But it’s all credit to Patrick with the way he’s handled things. He is a confidence player.
“Now a manager has put that confidence in him, he seems to have found his home at Leeds and it just seems to be a good fit for him.”
Bamford scored 17 goals for Leeds in their first season back in the Premier League.
In the Championship, the ex-Chelsea striker was regularly slammed for his failure to convert chances and while he still may have missed some glorious opportunities in the Premier League, he’s been way more likely to make the net ripple in the top-flight.
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