Phil Hay: Brentford ace Ivan Toney England call-up all but ends World Cup hopes of Leeds United attacker Patrick Bamford
Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford is now reportedly expected to miss the World Cup later this year, having spent months out with injury.
According to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay, Brentford striker Ivan Toney’s recent call-up means that Gareth Southgate is now not likely to turn to Bamford ahead of Qatar 2022.
Bamford was a shoo-in for the Euro 2020 squad as well but missed the 33-man preliminary squad and is now likely to miss another international tournament.
When asked about his expected absence on the Phil Hay Show (20:10), Hay responded, “If would say so [ship sailed for Bamford making World Cup]. Particularly with Toney now moving in to have a look in and with him being in good form it’s going to be really difficult for Bamford to push his way back in. I’m not convinced Toney might go to Toney either.”
Even the most ardent Leeds fan would not pick Bamford for the squad of a major tournament after the year he’s had.
Not only have his goals dried up, but his fitness record makes him more of a liability than a threat and that’s not something Southgate wants.
He wants to be able to rely on all his players to be fit and also play at a certain level, but Bamford honestly is not.
Another thing that works against the 29-year-old’s chances of being picked is his lack of versatility as he just plays in one position while many attackers in this England side are versatile.
While Toney is the same as Bamford, he’s currently in form and is also a phenomenal free-kick and penalty taker – something that counts for a lot in major tournaments.
One Leeds player who Southgate should have given a chance to is Jack Harrison and we feel that along with Bamford, he will be missing out on the tournament as well.