Leeds United star Patrick Bamford has reportedly extended his stay at Elland Road until 2023, acting as a huge boost for anyone of a Whites persuasion.
The Lowdown: Bamford excels for Leeds
The 27-year-old has overcome some previous struggles to become one of the star men at Leeds these days, excelling upon their return to the Premier League. Bamford has scored 15 times in 35 league appearances this season, also chipping in with seven assists, outlining the effectiveness of his all-round game.
The striker’s form could even see him make England’s Euro 2020 squad this summer, although that remains to be seen.
The Latest: Striker extends stay at Elland Road
According to a fresh report from The Athletic‘s David Ornstein, Bamford discreetly signed a new one-year extension to his current Leeds deal, keeping him at Elland Road until 2023.
The journalist revealed: “A careful look at the Football Association’s intermediary transactions list published in March — covering February 1, 2020, to February 1, 2021 — shows an ‘updated registration’ for Bamford.
“It seems to have gone under the radar but The Athletic has learned that last summer the 27-year-old signed a one-year contract extension that means he is actually tied to Leeds until June 2023.”
While it doesn’t guarantee that the Englishman won’t move elsewhere before then – Liverpool are mentioned as being interested in him – it is stated that the Whites are now in a ‘position of strength’.
The Verdict: Huge boost for Whites
This revelation comes a massive boost for Leeds, with Bamford such an important piece of Marcelo Bielsa’s jigsaw, leading the line superbly this season and more than justifying his £34,000 weekly wage.
His goals and assists are both vital, of course, but his work-rate has also stood out, with his fitness levels clearly exceptional thanks to working under Bielsa. Indeed, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed that very trait in the 27-year-old as “outstanding“.
The hope is that Bamford remains at Leeds until 2023 and beyond as he approaches the peak years of his career.
In other news, one Leeds player’s lack of football this season has left a former Whites defender baffled. Find out who it is here.
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