Patrick Bamford was key to Leeds United beating Leicester City on Sunday, and Ally McCoist has lavished praise on the forward.

The Whites trailed early on but two assists and a goal from Bamford transformed the game and helped Leeds to all three points.

That was his 11th Premier League goal of the season and it led McCoist to tip the striker for an England call-up.

Appearing on TalkSPORT, he said, “He’s just been excellent. His level of consistency to play in that Leeds United team is fantastic. He leads that line so well, he’s perfect for that Leeds United team.

“To do that in front of Gareth (Southgate) will have done him absolutely no harm.

“I think Bamford is now forcing himself into the (Dominic) Calvert-Lewin, Danny Ings position.

“If they’re all fit Marcus) Rashford and (Harry) Kane clearly go, but I think his form would push him into that category, just below an automatic selection.”

On the plane for the Euros?

Not many would have envisaged Bamford being a part of the England set-up this time last year.

He has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water and has helped us compete at the top-level.

On Sunday he expressed all the positive aspects of his game, and it really was a complete performance – as a WhoScored rating of 9.1 evidences.

The 27-year-old showed great awareness and vision to set-up Stuart Dallas for the equaliser and was unselfish in allowing Jack Harrison to score our third.

He also displayed quick instinct with the run that led to his goal.

On top of that, he won fouls and held the ball up well, allowing us to get up the pitch when under pressure.

Gareth Southgate should be impressed, and Bamford deserves international recognition.

Calvert-Lewin was called-up earlier in the campaign for his brilliant form, but Bamford now has as many goals as the Everton striker, and more than Ings and Rashford.

Also, Kane is struggling with a recurrence of an ankle injury and if that flares up in the summer there may be an unexpected space in the squad.

If Bamford can maintain his form in terms of goalscoring and producing assists he could jump ahead of his competitors.

Calvert-Lewin and Ings have struggled recently, scoring just one goal between them in their last six league games, and Southgate may be thinking about an alternative option.

In other Leeds United news, ‘Offers afoot’ – Phil Hay claims 3 players could leave Leeds today, including 22y/o striker.


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