Patrick Bamford has been in fine form for Leeds United and that has sparked talk of an England call-up, but Lee Chapman thinks he must add to his game first.
The former Leeds striker is impressed with Bamford but believes he ranks behind Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
He argues that there are still vital attributes the striker must add to his game to get better, but admitted he has progressed this season.
Chapman told The Sun, “Bamford is very level-headed and nothing fazes him — but I’d like to see him lose his temper a few times!
“I want to see him get stuck in, hurt a few people, and be a bit more aggressive.
“Sometimes you can be too nice and if Bamford misses chances, he doesn’t seem too upset, so I think he needs to push himself a little bit harder.
“He’s improving but I still think he needs to be a bit more clinical, ruthless and aggressive in the box.”
Mr. Nice Guy
Bamford has often been criticised for being ‘too nice’ throughout his career, but he does not necessarily need to show more aggression.
He uses his clever movement and understanding of the game to take up good positions in the box.
He showed that when he followed up Raphinha’s shot with a rebound to score against Crystal Palace.
It is the key reason behind his 12 league goals, though his improved finishing has also played a part.
Bamford has scored some great goals this season – most notably against Leicester recently and his hat-trick goal at Aston Villa.
There is no doubt he still misses chances he should score but it is an area he has worked on.
Adding that clinical edge is what may persuade Gareth Southgate to give him an England call-up.
If he was to grab around 20 league goals this season, which is possible, he would likely end up as one of the highest English goalscorers.
Surely Southgate could not ignore him after that?
Either way, we are impressed by what the £35,000 a week player gives the team and we see no need for him to add a nasty side to his game.
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