Ray Parlour admits he was wrong about Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford
Ray Parlour has admitted he was wrong about Patrick Bamford with the Leeds United striker tearing up the Premier League this season at Elland Road.
Last term, the 27-year-old struggled in front of goal and squandered a shed load of chances as Leeds won the Championship title.
However, he’s proven to be way more clinical in the Premier League, registering 16 goals in 37 appearances while also supplying eight assists.
Bamford’s form has been so good it has seen him enter the running for a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the European Championships this summer.
While that could still be a step too far for the Leeds centre-forward, he’s done nothing but impress ex-Arsenal player Parlour and talkSPORT host Alan Brazil.
“He’s had a few moves, people say ‘can he do it in the Premier League?’. Well the answer is yes he can,” said Brazil, as shown in a clip on talkSPORT’s official Twitter account on Friday morning.
Parlour replied: “He has, yes and he’s got to keep improving.
“I certainly questioned him last year. I thought he missed quite a few chances in the Championship and I thought, ‘you won’t get as many in the Premier League’.
“But he’s certainly proved me wrong. Well done to him.”
Brazil then responded by claiming that Leeds might not want to add too many new players to their squad in the summer.
The talkSPORT host said: “Absolutely. Leeds have been great and I was going to say if they buy a few [new players], Bielsa might not want to tweak it too much.
“But Leeds have been great. When they get the crowds back in, woah.”
👏 𝗔𝗹: “Bamford’s had a great season.”
❌ 𝗥𝗮𝘆: “He’ll probably miss out on the Euros, Ings is just in front of Bamford.”
✅ 𝗔𝗹: “People asked if he could do it in the Prem & the answer’s yes!”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) May 21, 2021
Bamford proved us all wrong
Is there anyone who really expected a 16-goal haul from Bamford in the Premier League this season?
We wouldn’t put it past him adding to that this weekend either when Leeds welcome West Brom to Elland Road for their final match of the Premier League season.
Bamford has been sensational, finding the back of the net against Liverpool, Chelsea, Leicester and Tottenham while also playing a vital link-up role in Marcelo Bielsa’s attack.
Last season, Bamford scored 16 goals in 45 Championship fixtures so to hit the same figure in fewer games against tougher teams is a massive achievement.
We all thought that when Rodrigo arrived in the summer that he would be replacing Bamford as Bielsa’s first-choice striker but the Englishman has managed to keep the Spain international either on the bench or in the midfield with his performances.
We’ll have to wait and see whether Bamford makes the Euros squad for this summer and whether he can maintain his form going into next season.
It’ll be tough for him to match his heroics of this term but we believe he could improve if Bielsa and Victor Orta add more quality to the midfield.
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