Ian Wright shares message he sent Leeds striker Patrick Bamford
Ian Wright has shared on his own podcast the message he sent to Patrick Bamford with the Leeds United striker in contention for the Premier League Golden Boot.
Bamford has silenced all of his critics emphatically this season. The Englishman has scored 14 goals following the Whites’ return to the top flight.
His return means that he is only behind Harry Kane, Mo Salah and Bruno Fernandes in the running to finish the campaign as the league’s top goalscorer.
Admittedly, Bamford has some ground to make up if he hopes to catch Kane and Salah. But Wright suggested that Leeds ensuring that they will still be in the Premier League next year should free up the 27-year-old somewhat.
“I gave him a message the other day saying you don’t need to win the league to win the Golden Boot bro,” he told his own podcast. “I don’t know if he grasped it like I was saying it, because all I was trying to say to him was your team’s fine bro. Go and start to take those chances. Accumulate.”
Wright obviously feels that Bamford still has a good chance of adding several goals to his tally. But it appears that he wants the Leeds man to be a little more selfish.
Bamford has also provided seven assists in the league this year. No member of Marcelo Bielsa’s squad has contributed more.
A couple of occasions spring to mind when Bamford could indeed have been much less selfless. The most notable came when the forward squared the ball for Jack Harrison at Leicester.
The other took place at the weekend when Leeds got their opener against Manchester City. Bamford was in a great position after Helder Costa’s good work down the left flank.
And given that he would have been forgiven for wondering how many chances he would actually get, fans would have understood if Bamford had decided to test Ederson himself.
However, he chose to set Stuart Dallas up on the edge of the box. And it seems that Wright would quite like to see Bamford now give a little more thought to his own numbers.
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