Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has committed his future to the club, signing a new five-year deal.
Now 27, Bamford joined Leeds in July 2018 from Middlesbrough and has scored 43 goals in 111 matches for Leeds. Despite this goal record, he has often impressed more with his off the ball work and an ability to bring teammates into play.
Having played a key role in Leeds Championship winning side of 19/20 he stepped up to the Premier League brilliantly. His 17 goals lead to serious discussions that Gareth Southgate would take him to the Euros, and he should be considered unlucky to have not at least made the extended squad for the friendlies before the tournament.
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59 games won
39 PL apps
17 PL goals
7 PL assists
2 seasons as Leeds top scorer
1 Championship title
0.62 PL goals and assists per game
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Bamford had been linked with Tottenham Hotspur but that never seemed likely, and the striker always seemed to have no real interest in leaving - especially given his place in the squad under Marcelo Bielsa who earlier today described him as “one of the best strikers English football has”.
It will calm the nerves of some Leeds fans to have some positive news after quite a negative week. Leeds have done a good job of keeping their key players, although the squad does look very thin, as is Bielsa’s preference.