Chris Sutton feels sorry for Leeds man Patrick Bamford after England bow
Chris Sutton has expressed his sympathy for Leeds United ace Patrick Bamford.
The striker made his debut for England on his 28th birthday in yesterday’s 4-0 win over Andorra.
However, it was a day to forget for the 28-year-old who largely struggled during his 61 minutes on the pitch.
Bamford had just 18 touches of the ball and two shots on goal before he was replaced by Harry Kane. The Tottenham forward, along with Mason Mount and Jack Grealish, had great impacts as the Three Lions ran out 4-0 winners.
But, writing for the Daily Mail, Sutton feels sorry for the ex-Middlesbrough man.
For starters, the former Celtic man believes the ace should not have had to wait until he turned 28 for his first cap.
And he also lamented Andorra for their deep line, which he believes causes Bamford’s struggles.
Sutton said: “I feel for Patrick Bamford. He waited a long time for this England bow. Too long, really, because I don’t think he should have waited until he turned 28 years old for this first cap.
“In the end, Bamford’s Three Lions debut will go down as being fairly underwhelming. But it isn’t easy for a striker when you’re facing a side like this. Bamford didn’t have a great deal of space to work with.”
Bamford should have got England debut last season
Bamford should have got his England debut last season when he was banging in goals for Leeds.
The striker was in fine form for the Whites last campaign. As a matter of fact, the ace had already scored three in his first four games before the first international break came around.
A hat-trick against high-flying Aston Villa came around before the next break followed.
It is baffling, to say the least, that Bamford has had to wait so long to make his bow for the national side.
But it is hard to agree with Sutton’s notion Andorra’s low block hampered the striker.
Kane has shown in recent years that centre-forwards need to be well-rounded. The Spurs man has dropped deep quite often to help influence a game, an example Bamford should follow.
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