By David Woods

9th Feb, 2021 | 6:08pm

Forget Raphinha: Durham claims Pep Guardiola will be 'seriously impressed' by another Leeds ace

Raphinha might be making all the headlines for Leeds United today but talkSPORT host Adrian Durham has claimed Pep Guardiola will be “seriously impressed” by Patrick Bamford.

Talking on the Drive show on Tuesday (talkSPORT, 5pm), Durham said that Pep would have been saying “He’s my kind of player” after the third goal against Leicester.

Bamford was through one-on-one and squared the ball for Jack Harrison to score rather than take it on himself.

“That intensity of training and performance it takes to survive… I’m not sure he’d go as far as actually signing Patrick Bamford, but he’d be seriously impressed by him,” Durham said.

“He’d done alright at Boro without standing out. We were all doubting him.”

Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour concurred saying, “He’s certainly surprised me. He missed so many chances in the Championship. But he’s proved me wrong, he’s been brilliant… different class.

“Even last night… He’s been superb. The hold-up play, every part of his play has improved.”

Durham continued, “That third goal against Leicester is where I made the connection with Pep Guardiola.

“He would have watched that and said, ‘He’s my kind of player, he’s a team player.’ He might not actually sign him but he would have been seriously impressed.”

Stellar season

We saw both bits of Bamford’s game last night. It was frustrating when he was through one-on-one and shanked his shot into the skies.

He never looked that comfortable on the ball in that move but that’s not his strength.

His best moments this season have happened in the box, especially the dancing feet he showed to score that sensational strike against Aston Villa.

He got his goal in the second half last night and it was a cool, composed finish when others might have panicked.

The assist for Harrison in the Leicester game showed that it’s team before self for Bamford. Mo Salah would never have done that for Sadio Mane.

But talking about Pep Guardiola signing him? That is something we weren’t expecting to hear this season.

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