Speaking exclusively to FootballFanCast, Carlton Palmer has claimed that Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford would be a perfect fit for Premier League rivals Leicester City.
The 27-year-old has been one of the stand-out performers in the top-flight this season, bagging an impressive ten goals in 17 games, including setting up a further three.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side currently find themselves in 12th place, but only six points behind Tottenham in fourth, with Bamford undeniably leading the charge from the front.
When asked about his long-term future at Elland Road and a potential move to a big-six club if he continued performing to a high level, former Sheffield Wednesday man Palmer said:
“Well, Leicester would be a perfect fit for him because of the way they play. He’s having a fantastic season so I can’t see Bielsa letting him go, and it would take an awful lot of money for them to let him go.
“Why would you let a player go who’s been bang in-form for you and playing the way that he’s playing? If you were Bamford, why would you want to go? Why would you want to leave the man that’s resurrected your career?”
“Bielsa’s the one who’s resurrected his career and raised his confidence, and he’s the one who believed in him. Not many people thought he would start with Bamford at the start of the season but what does he go and do? Bang in two goals at Anfield. You don’t start walking away from the manager who’s made you do all that.”
Such has the impressive start Bamford has enjoyed, clubs both in the Premier League and across Europe could well be sitting up and taking notice.
But with the way Bielsa’s men have been playing, and the way his season is going, there’s no reason for the striker to go anywhere else at the moment.
Like Palmer himself says, the Leeds boss has been the one to really trust in Bamford’s abilities and continue to back him even when the chips were down and he was going through a tough time.
The English ace would be foolish to throw that all away by leaving Elland Road anytime soon.