Patrick Bamford tipped for England spot by Arsenal legend Ray Parlour as Leeds star continues to ‘prove people wrong’ with superb Premier League form December 12, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Patrick Bamford has been backed to earn an England call-up by Arsenal legend Ray Parlour if his exceptional form for Leeds continues.
The 27-year-old has finally realised his potential as a top-flight star this season by netting eight goals in his opening 11 games for the newly-promoted Whites.
Until this season, the former Chelsea striker had a reputation for thriving in the Championship, but struggling at Premier League level with the likes of Norwich and Middlesbrough.
Even in the second tier, Bamford earned plenty of criticism over the past two seasons with Leeds due to a perceived wastefulness in front of goal.
It’s a different story now, though, with the Englishman quickly establishing himself as one of the most prolific marksmen in the country.
“I thought he’d struggle in the Premier League this year, it’s a big step up from the Championship,” former England international Parlour told talkSPORT.
“But he’s proven everybody wrong and it’s great to see.”
Alan Brazil, the former Scotland and Ipswich striker, agreed: “When they missed out two seasons ago, I’m not saying he got the blame, but they dominated so much and missed so many chances.
“That’s why people felt they didn’t have the firepower, but he’s proven people wrong.”
England boss Gareth Southgate has an embarrassment of riches in the No.9 position – and Bamford could be the latest to push for a place in the Three Lions squad.
Only injury would prevent Harry Kane from starting up front at the postponed Euro 2020, but the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Danny Ings and Tammy Abraham are all vying for a place alongside the captain at next summer’s tournament.
Despite the heavy competition, Parlour expects Bamford to push for a call-up over the coming years.
“He’s at a good age now, 27, so he’s got a good few years in front of him,” Parlour added. “He’ll be pushing for that England space.
“If he can keep playing the way he is, I’m sure Gareth will be looking at him as well.”