Patrick Bamford has been discussing his hopes of playing in the Premier League with Leeds United and shared what one former Elland Road player told him about potentially taking the Whites back to the top-flight.
The divisive striker has been a mainstay of Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team at Elland Road and has helped Leeds United to top spot in the Championship.
After an injury-ravaged first season in West Yorkshire, Bamford has played a key role in Leeds’ ascent to the top and is clearly hopeful of proving his worth in the Premier League, should Leeds get promoted.
Speaking to i, the forward also revealed that ex-Leeds United star Adam Clayton made it abundantly clear to him what promotion with Leeds would mean to the club and surrounding area.
“Before I came here, I remember speaking to [ex-Leeds midfielder] Adam Clayton at Middlesbrough and he said ‘if you guys take Leeds up, you’ll be heroes forever’. That’s always stayed with me…
“…The main reason I signed for Leeds was the chance to become the main guy, help them reach the Premier League and then have a good shot at making my mark there.
“I’ve had a little taste of playing against the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool but to do it front of the Elland Road crowd would be something else.”
Clayton, who spent two years at Leeds United, was a team-mate of Bamford’s at Middlesbrough until the striker left Teesside for West Yorkshire in 2018. He knows all too well the feeling of playing for Leeds United in a pressure season, having challenged for the play-offs in the 2011-12 campaign before Leeds’ form dipped woefully in the second half of the campaign.
He then jumped ship after falling out of favour with Neil Warnock, heading to local rivals Huddersfield Town.
So Clayton knows plenty about life in the West Yorkshire area and how much Leeds United fans have been waiting for a chance to return to the top-flight.
Bamford will no doubt be hoping he can get a chance to help Leeds make a return to the Premier League.