Patrick Bamford is set to extend his Leeds United stay and his place in the side looks rock-solid with another striker not a priority this summer, according to Phil Hay.
That comes after Leeds were linked with a sensational move for Sergio Ageuro by 90Min.
Leeds fans might have been excited by this but can pretty much rule it out from happening if Hay’s info is on the money.
Bamford has shone for the Whites on their return to the top-flight this season, scoring 14 Premier League goals and laying on six assists for his teammates, to help them to a comfortable 11th position heading into the final eight games.
His contracts expires in June 2022 [Transfermarkt] but speaking on The Athletic’s UK YouTube channel [08/04/21], Hay claims there is no need for supporters to panic while shutting down talk that adding another striker will be a pressing concern for Victor Orta.
He said: “The indication I get with Bamford is that it will be sorted and the kind of lack of urgency or lack of stress around that suggests to you the club think, and he, that’s in hand and that will be dealt with and it will be extended.
“In terms of another striker it’s not a position that’s been mentioned to me as a priority this summer and not a position where I think Leeds will throw a lot of money if they have a decent budget to spend.
“I think that cash will go elsewhere and they will prioritise other positions.”
Faith in the U23s?
It’s great to receive some assurances that Bamford is sticking around such has been his importance to our success this season.
His goal contributions, as well as his tireless running and link-up play, have been crucial to steering us to safety with a possible top-10 finish still on the cards.
A new contract makes sense all round – he’s playing the best football of his career under Marcelo Bielsa and we are reaping the rewards for that.
The only concern has been the lack of strikers in the squad to challenge him – will he need someone to unsettle him and push him on to new levels next season?
Rodrigo was signed for big money last year but he has flitted in and out of the team, mainly due to injury, and he has been preferred as a midfield option, much like Tyler Roberts.
The future of the duo is far from certain and next in the pecking order is likely to be U23s sensation Joe Gelhardt.
He has yet to make his first-team debut but some standout displays for the second-string has left fans purring and desperate to see him in action.
If Hay’s assertions prove true and a striker is not a priority this summer the 18-year-old might just get his Premier League shot next season.
That’s something to be really excited about.
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