Robbie Keane has had some interesting comments on Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford this weekend.
Keane, of course, is a former Leeds United striker himself. But he is perhaps best known for his exploits with the Republic of Ireland national team. He is now on the coaching staff with his country and was recently appointed as assistant manager to fellow Leeds alumni Jonathan Woodgate at Middlesbrough.
It was regarding Bamford’s international career that Keane had some stern words in conversation with The Irish Sun.
“I’ll tell you with Patrick Bamford, he should be chasing us. He should want to come here. If he doesn’t want to, no problem.
“We shouldn’t be chasing people, by the way. That’s what f***ing winds me up. We shouldn’t be chasing people. They should want to play for us. If they don’t, then no problem. Why should we go and chase people? We are f***ing Ireland…
“And I am not speaking specifically about Bamford. I am talking about everybody. Anybody.”
Bamford is a former England under-21 international but also represented Ireland at under-18 level.
Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has made no secret of his desire for Bamford to represent the nation at senior level. The ball is now said to be in the Leeds United striker’s court and Keane is clearly of the opinion that the nation will not chase the player.
Ireland have been stung in recent years by the decisions of both Jack Grealish and Declan Rice to switch allegiance to England. So Keane is clearly upset about the potential of Bamford holding out for England.
As far as Leeds fans are concerned none of this matters at present. Bamford’s form toward the end of last season was not good enough to lay for either international side.
Fans at Elland Road will just hope he starts to show the form which warrants an international call-up, regardless of which nation that is.