By Neil Champney

20th Jul, 2020 | 9:13pm

David O'Leary makes Leeds transfer claim, Patrick Bamford issues four-word response

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has taken to Twitter to fire back at David O’Leary for questioning his Premier League credentials. 

The forward has been a key member of Marcelo Bielsa’s starting XI this season, scoring 16 goals in 44 Championship outings as the Whites secured their long-awaited return to the top flight.

But the former Leeds manager has raised queries over whether or not he will be able to cut it at the highest level.

Speaking on talkSPORT, O’Leary said:“Patrick Bamford has done great, but I still think another centre-forward would be very important for them, personally.

“I’d like to see them sign a really top-class centre-forward.”

Responding to the broadcaster’s post on the matter, Bamford wrote: “And so it starts”, followed by three sleeping emojis.

You can’t really blame Bamford for being fed up with this kind of rhetoric.

The hitman has just played a key role in helping Leeds back to the Premier League for the first time in over two decades, and one of the first things that he is faced with is a mainstream media barrage questioning his abilities.

Sure, there have been times when he could have been more clinical in front of goal, and his goals per game ratio of 0.36 from an xG of 0.6 this season, as per Wyscout, hardly reflects too well on him.

But the fact of the matter is that Bielsa does not suffer fools or dead weight, and that should be enough of an indicator on just how useful Bamford is to this side.

He may not be the deadliest goalscorer, but don’t be surprised to see him lining up on the first day of the Premier League campaign.

In other Leeds United news, ‘I have no doubt’ – Angus Kinnear reacts to anti-Leeds Sky Sports incident, hints at revenge.