Darren Bent has become the latest pundit to back Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford’s England credentials after he scored again on Monday night.
Bamford scored Leeds’ second in Monday’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace and that strike was his twelfth Premier League goal of the season.
There have been growing calls for the forward to be given an England chance and Bent joined those calls on Tuesday as he hailed Marcelo Bielsa’s trust in Bamford.
🏴 “#LUFC’s Bamford has to be in discussion [for the England squad].”
👊 “He took the challenge of stepping up & proved people wrong.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 9, 2021
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Bent said, “He’s got to be in the discussion, he deserves it.
“He’s got to be honest and say he’s probably surprised himself a little bit. To be sitting on 12 Premier League goals already, that is a remarkable achievement.
“He has been brilliant. For Bielsa to stick with him and have faith in him, he might have a shocker one game but because Bielsa trusts him he knows full well that he’ll put him back.”
At this point it would be ludicrous for Gareth Southgate to not give Bamford a chance to shine for England and a development in recent weeks may force the Three Lions coach’s hand.
Harry Kane of course starts for England when he’s fit as he is simply one of the best strikers in the world.
But he is becoming a huge injury doubt and he was rushed back to the Tottenham starting 11 this weekend by Jose Mourinho despite picking up a nasty ankle knock a few weeks ago.
Southgate can no longer count on Kane’s fitness so he needs to look at other options and currently there is no better options than Bamford.
He simply has to be given a shot to impress before the Euros as he’s outperforming other England fringe strikers like Tammy Abraham and Callum Wilson.
Hopefully, Southgate will give Bamford the chance he thoroughly deserves.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared a big update on Patrick Bamford’s contract situation.