Patrick Bamford’s ‘dream’ of earning an England call-up from Gareth Southgate could become a reality after a series of good performances have seen him grab the headlines in recent weeks.
Bamford made a flying start to the 2020-2021 Premier League season, scoring six goals in Leeds United’s opening six games, before adding six more to reach a dozen on Monday night.
After finding the net yet again, which was his 100th career goal, the forward addressed the calls for him to be included in the England line-up, he said: ‘It is good if you are getting talked about I guess but there are four or five strikers who have not really been involved with England before and they are doing well.
‘It will be interesting to see who does get called up and whoever does will fully deserve it.’
Patrick Bamford scored his 100th career goal in Leeds’ 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Monday
Bamford’s 12 league goals have raised questions over whether he will get an England call-up
England boss Gareth Southgate could ask Bamford to join the likes of Harry Kane in the team
Until this season, the former Chelsea and Crystal Palace man had a reputation for thriving in the Championship, but struggling at Premier League level. However, he’s answered his critics and his goal return is better than several of Southgate’s regulars.
Bamford has scored more goals than England’s current array of No 9’s, including Tammy Abraham (six), Danny Ings (seven), Marcus Rashford (eight) and Callum Wilson (10).
Bamford is one goal behind Dominic Calvert-Lewin and England captain Harry Kane who have both scored 13 this season.
Bamford has, however, provided Leeds with more shots on target this season than Kane and his counterparts.
The 27-year-old has produced 34 shots on target so far this season compared Kane’s 28 while the likes of Ings has only managed produced 19 for Southampton.
Bamford’s scored more goals than Marcus Rashford (above), Danny Ings and Tammy Abraham
However, he is yet to reach the heights of Harry Kane who has scored 13 goals for Tottenham
Although Bamford’s shot conversion rate puts him towards the bottom of the pile of the Three Lions’ centre forward options.
The Leeds United striker only has a 15.58 per cent conversion rate, while Wilson records a 24.39 per cent conversion rate.
Calvert-Lewin and Ings also overshadow Bamford’s finishing ability, registering shot conversation rates of 24.07 and 19.44 respectively.
Calvert-Lewin’s shooting ability has skyrocketed since Carlo Ancelotti took over at Goodison Park and is expected to continue on the same trajectory.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Danny Ings (above) trump Bamford on shot conversation rate
Bamford has provided Leeds with a total of five assists so far this season, showing that he can also create.
That equals Wilson’s tally and eclipses Abraham, Ings and Calvert-Lewin. However, he falls behind both Rashford and Kane as they have registered six and 11 assists respectively.
Bamford showed his selflessness for the team during Leeds’ clash with Leicester when he opted to square the ball to Jack Harrison for their third goal rather than shooting himself.
The striker joked that he regretted passing to his team-mate in the 3-1 win because he has himself in his Fantasy Football team.
But he made up for it this week by collecting double points for his Fantasy Football team after netting the second goal against Palace.
He said: ‘I captained myself (in Fantasy Football). After I missed that one in the first half I was kicking myself so I am glad I scored.’
Bamford has been directly involved in 17 goals in his 22 Premier League appearances for Leeds this season. Tony Yeboah is the only player to have played a part in more goals in their first 20 Premier League appearances for the club.
Striker Bamford has provided his Leeds side with a total of five assists so far this season
Bamford recently opted to square for Jack Harrison to tap in instead of shooting himself
Bamford could also be regarded as a more reliable No 9 option for Southgate, having played 1,879 minutes of Premier League football this campaign, having not missed a single top-flight game.
Southgate found himself in a difficult situation ahead of their National League fixtures last year when Abraham suffered an ankle injury in the latter stages of Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal in January and Rashford suffered a back problem. While Kane’s injury history is well-documented.
Having been lauded by Micah Richards for his ability to run in behind players last week, it is clear Bamford would thrive off Trent Alexander-Arnold’s set pieces, James Maddison’s incisive through balls and Raheem Sterling’s crosses in Southgate’s England side.
While former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was full of praise for Bamford following Leeds’ victory over Palace and believes he deserves a shot with England.
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‘He’s always been questioned at this level. Is he aggressive enough? I think a lot of things have been thrown at him at different times through his career at a few different clubs,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘I’d love to see him get a little sniff in the England squad. I mentioned a lot of other players and he was right, whoever gets put in the next squad in March or April would deserve it.
‘I just think the journey he’s been on, the team he’s playing for, the effort beside the goals he puts in, leading the line and he’s just in a brilliant run of form. It’s just great to see.’
The 27-year-old has made his intention to represent England clear – despite being eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland – and will continue to knock on Southgate’s door if he maintains his impressive form.
Bamford represented the Three Lions at Under 18, U19 and U21 level and his senior England call-up does not appear to be too far away.
Micah Richards lauded Bamford for his ability to run in behind players against Leicester
Bamford would thrive off the service from Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold in England team