By Adefunmiloye Alani

6th Nov, 2021 | 9:40pm

Carlton Palmer: Leeds striking targets should relish Bamford competition

Carlton Palmer has urged Leeds United striking targets to relish the chance of giving Patrick Bamford a run for his money should a move happen.

The one-cap England international, 28, is Marcelo Bielsa’s first-choice when fit, and it is widely believed that would keep other strikers from being interested in moving to the Yorkshire outfit.

Palmer reckons a quality forward should not be scared of fierce competition at Elland Road, urging anyone Leeds come for in subsequent transfer windows to embrace the opportunity instead.

“You should back yourself to go there,” the Sky Sports pundit told This is Futbol when asked whether Bamford’s availability potentially scares off the Whites’ targets.

“Players rarely play the full season now because there’s so many games involved in so many competitions, so you have to wait for your opportunity, then you get in there and do your job and hopefully keep your place.

“At the top, no player is ever guaranteed their position. The only thing that guarantees your position in the side is if your performance is regular. If you perform regularly, then you guarantee your own team slot.”

Exactly

Nobody wants to play second fiddle to anybody nowadays, but a top player should be backing himself to challenge anyone in his position.

Bamford started 37 Premier League games last term, coming off the bench once and ending the campaign with 17 goals and seven assists.

With the striker always available, it meant Rodrigo practically had no chance leading the line for Leeds despite doing it countless times while at Valencia.

Bamford has missed five league games due to injury this term, and the Spain international has led the attack in his absence, scoring twice in his last three appearances.

While Bielsa will not be dropping Bamford anytime soon due to his style of play and huge contribution to Leeds attack, it is evident that he will not always be available.

Someone who scores regularly and can convert more chances than the Three Lions man will definitely give the Argentine a selection headache.

The club are likely to look to strengthen their striking department in January or next summer, and anyone strongly linked with an Elland Road move must back himself to challenge Bamford.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has detailed where the Whites expect fresh financial shot in the arm amid major £50m call.