By Pranav Shahaney

19th Jun, 2021 | 7:10pm

Beren Cross makes Patrick Bamford England claim

Leeds Live reporter Beren Cross has stated that Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford would offer something unique to this England squad that Harry Kane currently is not.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker has not enjoyed a good start to the European Championships – blanking in his first two games.

While an argument can be made about the lack of service around him, Kane has been dropping deeper than usual and has failed to get himself in the right goal-scoring positions.

Cross also pointed out that Kane, along with Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden weren’t doing enough to close down the Scotland defenders on Friday evening, and a player like Bamford would apply that added pressure that would put the opponents on the backfoot.

He wrote, “Of course, it would be wrong to assume Bamford would perform better with the meagre level of service Kane was getting, but it’s hard not to think back to the work rate and pressing of Bamford at the very least.

“Scotland found it too easy to work through the thirds and get into England’s half of the pitch. Kane, along with Sterling and Phil Foden, was not doing enough to stop those Scottish defenders building out from the back.

“That’s Bamford’s bread and butter.”

Spot on

There’s no way Bamford would start ahead of Kane, but when Gareth Southgate brought him off for Marcus Rashford, that would be the kind of situation the Leeds forward would’ve thrived in.

In the final quarter of the game, with the Scottish side tired and desperately holding on for a draw, Bamford would’ve closed them down that much faster, stretched the back three with his runs in behind and also prove to be a bigger aerial threat than Rashford or Kane would’ve been.

What England are lacking is creativity in the middle and final thirds and Kane cannot be the one providing that as he has to be the one applying the finishing touches.

While Bamford does drop deep himself, he knows that there’s a system in place that will ensure he gets the ball in the final third where he can wreak havoc.

We know Southgate is no Marcelo Bielsa to bring the best out of Bamford, but the Leeds man would undoubtedly have had an impact.

The England boss could be regretting not picking Bamford despite the season he had.

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