Former Premier League striker Darren Bent has prompted England manager Gareth Southgate to consider calling up Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford.
After a 1-0 defeat to Wolves last Monday at Elland Road, Marcelo Bielsa’s side bounced back with a superb 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Friday. Having a remarkable 27 attempts on Villa’s goal, the Yorkshire club had Bamford to thank for the victory as the striker netted a superb second half hat-trick.
Bamford, who netted his sixth Premier League goal of the season in as many games, is arguably one of the most in-form strikers in the Premier League at present, following up his form last term in the Championship when he found the back of the net on 16 occasions.
What has Bent said about Patrick Bamford?
Talking about the striker’s recent form and Bamford’s chances of playing for England, Bent told Football Insider: “He got off to a really great start, three in his first three, had a couple of quieter games but he burst back onto the scene yesterday. What a performance.
“It’s the work rate that he does for the team as well, obviously Bielsa spoke about it last year before they got promoted that the work rate he does when he’s not scoring goals is massive and now he’s started adding goals.
“I like the first goals, tap in. I love those types of goals, where your in and around the six-yard box.
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“The last two, put it this way if Harry Kane or Rashford or anyone else we’d be singing about it for years to come.
“This is a bold statement but he has got to be on the cusp of Gareth Southgate’s thinking.
“You start to think about English strikers, Harry Kane we know how good he is. Calvert-Lewin, yes. Danny Ings, yes. After Danny Ings who is he battling with? He’s outscoring Callum Wilson, he’s outperforming Tammy Abraham he cannot be that far away.”
What is Bamford’s previous national team form like?
Valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, Bamford has represented England at under-18, under-19, under-20 and under-21 level in the past, albeit with only six appearances altogether across those age groups. In those six games, the 27-year-old found the back of the net once, but given his current form, he has every chance of achieving a better strike rate if selected for the senior side.
The likes of Danny Ings and Callum Wilson have been included by Southgate over the last 12 months and it’s hard to see why Bamford shouldn’t be given a chance in the next international break.
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