By Jack Cunningham

5th Sep, 2021 | 9:40pm

Roy Keane heaps praise on Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford

Roy Keane heaped praise on Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford before he made his England debut on Sunday.

Speaking on ITV, the former Manchester United midfielder lavished the 28-year-old with praise after he turned his career around and made his debut for England [ITV 05/09/2021 via Leeds Live].

Before Marcelo Bielsa arrived at Leeds, the former Chelsea striker’s career was going nowhere. Still, the Argentine has helped him turn it all around, and Keane believes that he is an example of how far perseverance can get you.

He said: “I think throughout his career, it’s perseverance because there [are] doubters out there, there [were] question marks over whether he was going to be tough enough, would he score at the highest level?

“He’s proved that. I looked at the last game at Burnley; the two central defenders really roughed him up, but he scored a really important equaliser, so the kid stuck at it; great to see him. 28, at 26 Wrighty made his debut, so it’s a great lesson for young kids, stick at it and persevere.”

Bamford is worthy of all the praise.

Keane is usually very reluctant to dish out any praise for anyone, so the fact that he has been impressed with Bamford should not be taken lightly.

The 28-year-old before last season had scored just one Premier League goal, but he rattled in 17 in the last campaign and has scored one this season.

His first England cap was thoroughly deserved, and we are delighted to see that Keane lauded him.

Yes, he didn’t really do that much in the game, but he deserves great credit for even making it into this England team, and we hope he gets a couple more caps, at least in the coming years.

In other Leeds United news, Lee Dixon criticised Bamford’s display against Andorra.