Former Leeds United midfielder David Prutton believes that Patrick Bamford’s England omission will have him fired up for the start of next season.
The Lowdown: Bamford left out for England
The 27-year-old was unquestionably one of the Whites’ star players in 2020/21 as Marcelo Bielsa’s side shone on their return to the Premier League. Bamford scored 17 goals and registered seven assists in the league and was hailed by Fulham manager Scott Parker for his ‘incredible’ work rate.
Despite this praise, the striker was unable to force his way into England’s squad for Euro 2020, with manager Gareth Southgate opting not to include him.
The Latest: Striker tipped to respond
Writing for the Yorkshire Evening Post on Monday, Prutton believes that Bamford could be spurred on even more by his England omission, making a flying start to the 2021/22 campaign for Leeds. The 39-year-old said:
“Not being included in the squad was a ‘sliding doors moment’ for him but, having heard Patrick talk about it, he is very magnanimous.
“You can tell that he is the type of kid that is very level headed and puts everything into perspective, knows how wonderful it would have been but possibly gets his head around the reasons why he didn’t go.
“That’s not to say that you have got to wholeheartedly agree but you have to accept it and he has shown a graciousness to understand that big squads have to be whittled down to slightly smaller squads.
“Hopefully, given the age that he is, there are no doors shut and, if you are a Leeds fan, then you hope that he benefits from that.
“You hope that he comes back absolutely flying for pre-season and ready to prove any more doubters wrong that his spot within international football is there to be grabbed and chased down.”
The Verdict: Back-to-back great seasons?
Prutton’s words suggest that Bamford is clearly a strong character after overcoming tough periods in his career, so it would be no surprise to see him carry on his rich vein of form and show Southgate what he is missing.
The truly top players produce great seasons more than once in a row, so the Leeds marksman now has to prove that he is no one-season wonder in the Premier League.
There is nothing to suggest that will necessarily be the case, having reeled off two prolific seasons in a row for the Whites, and he should be eyeing up a place in England’s 2022 World Cup squad as even more motivation.
In other news, Leeds have reportedly been dealt a blow in their pursuit of one player this summer. Find out who it is here.
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