Jermaine Beckford would be “surprised” if Leeds United didn’t manage to finish in the top half of the Premier League next season.

The former Whites talisman believes that Leeds won’t need to strengthen their squad much, and has backed Patrick Bamford to succeed in the top-flight.

Bamford has faced much criticism at Elland Road but believes that he can perform in the Premier League if given the chance by Marcelo Bielsa.

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Beckford claimed that his former side doesn’t need major reinforcements in the transfer window, but could do with some players to add competition.

“Not at all,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“Maybe some reinforcements to help Patrick Bamford out because as a striker your confidence can disappear in a blink of an eye. For those days when that does happen, get in another striker who is of a similar mentality to Patrick in terms of his overall work rate and positioning for scoring the goals.

“But I think Patrick Bamford and this Leeds United team will be excellent in the Premier League.

“I’ll be surprised if Leeds finish outside of the top half. I would love to see that.”

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Leeds have high ambition for the Premier League, with Victor Orta and Angus Kinnear mentioning European football already.

It is vital that the Whites don’t get too far ahead of themselves though, and establish their position in the league before targeting those goals.

Bielsa is a big fan of Bamford and has been very loyal to the 26-year-old, but he does need serious help in the final third.

Jonathan David of Gent is the latest forward to be linked with an Elland Road switch, with their president confirming Leeds’ interest in the Canadian who is worth at least £27million.

In other Leeds United news, Howard Wilkinson has made a big Premier League claim over the Whites 

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