talkSPORT pundit Gabby Agbonlahor has said that not many Premier League players could have scored the goal that Patrick Bamford did for Leeds United against Leicester.
It carries on the Leeds love-in that Agbonlahor has embarked on after a turn of results in the Premier League.
Agbonlahor and Ally McCoist were talking Leeds ahead of the Premier League game against Everton at Elland Road tonight on the Breakfast show (talkSPORT, Wednesday, 9.30am).
“We can sit here and discuss how open they leave their defence,” McCoist said. “But the fact of the matter is, if you’re a neutral, they’re brilliant to watch. It’s always an open game.”
“You would have loved to play in this Leeds team,” Agbonlahor replied. “You’d get so many chances. That’s why Bamford is scoring as many as he is, he’s a natural finisher.”
“Everyone was asking questions about Bamford but boy has he answered them,” McCoist replied. “It’s not just the goals but his all-round play. His assists were absolutely brilliant against Newcastle. I thought he was absolutely top class.”
“100%,” Agbonlahor agreed. “To get the goals he got, I bet he wouldn’t have dreamed of that, but he’s a finisher. There are not many players in the Premier League who could have scored that goal. If they don’t change their tactics he’ll get close to 20 goals.”
U-turn for Gabby
Well, this is a turn-up for the books.
Only yesterday, Agbonlahor was talking up Bamford for England. Now he’s hailing him as one of the best in the Premier League.
Agbonlahor might not be everyone’s cup of tea but you’ve got to credit him with some smart pundit-ing.
He made a name for himself by hanging onto our coattails and calling Bielsa a “myth” at Leeds.
That made the headlines and saw him take a lot of abuse from Leeds fans. He took that on the chin, unlike other pundits, and is now looking to make friends with us all.
A lot of that is down to the way Leeds are playing. You’d look pretty stupid to still be calling Bielsa out after our recent results.
But we’ve found Gabby consistently funny and he can take it as well as dish it out. That’s what we want from pundits, who often look for a reaction and then complain about it when they get it.
As for Bamford, 20 goals would be an incredible achievement at Leeds and would see his value rise dramatically. A place in the England squad would make him a £40m striker.
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