By Mark Smith

2nd Feb, 2021 | 4:00pm

'Fantastic' - Carlo Ancelotti singles out 'Really intelligent' Leeds ace ahead of Everton clash

Carlo Ancelotti has singled out Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford ahead of the Premier League clash against Everton.

The 27-year-old should be ready for the game on Wednesday, despite suffering a dead leg in the impressive 3-1 victory at Leicester over the weekend.

The Toffees boss compared Bamford to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and did insinuate that the Whites ace was smarter in the final third.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, as relayed by Adam Pope on Twitter, Ancelotti admitted that he hadn’t heard of the Leeds striker before this season.

“Honestly, I didn’t know Bamford, he plays really well and is a really good striker,” he said.

“I didn’t know him before, but I have to say he is a fantastic striker. Maybe Dominic is more powerful, but in-game Bamford is really intelligent.”

Calvert-Lewin had a cracking start to the Premier League season, but injury and his recent form has seen that come to an end.

Bamford, on the other hand, ended his mini-drought against Leicester and will be raring to get stuck into Everton again after missing numerous chances at Goodison Park earlier in the season.

Both strikers have scored 11 goals this season, but Bamford has four assists more than the player he is likely battling for a spot in the England side.

Calvert-Lewin hasn’t found the back of the net in his past seven Premier League appearances, and long may that continue.

Ancelotti may not have heard of Bamford before this season, but he will certainly not forget him after Wednesday’s meeting between the two.

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