Patrick Bamford’s early season form for Leeds United has seen him gain a lot of admirers, with some touting him for a potential England call-up if he keeps his goalscoring run up.
The 2019/20 season saw Leeds finally promoted back to the Premier League after 16 long years away, as Marcelo Bielsa guided a side coming from perennial obscurity to the summit of the Championship.
Along the way, there were obvious frustrations that Leeds could have been out of sight if they tucked away chances as efficiently as the likes of Brentford, Fulham and West Brom, but the sheer volume of high-quality chances meant they were still out-scoring most teams they played.
Patrick Bamford took most of the criticism as the main striker, despite netting 16 goals and being a vital part of how Bielsa wanted the team to play both in and out of possession.
Promotion to the Premier League brought a lot of doubters for Bamford around whether he’d have what it takes to make the step up from the EFL, knowing that he wouldn’t be getting the same level of supply in a much tougher division.
However, three games into the season and the former Chelsea man fired in three goals and registered an assist, showing he’s more than up to the task this season, earning himself a Player of the Month nomination.
It’s been a stark contrast to his Championship stint with Leeds, as he’s finishing with ruthlessness and accuracy that makes you wonder how many he could have scored last season in this form.
While it might seem like a bold claim, there have been murmurs that his form up front could lead to an England call-up if he continues.
The 27-year-old isn’t holding his breath for the time being though, as he spoke about that prospect to LUTV. He stated: “I don’t want to think about it, but obviously it would be a dream come true.
“My mates are all kind of winding me up saying, ‘you’re going to get called up’, but I was like they can’t call me up after just scoring three goals.
“For me, I’ve just got to try and replicate what I’ve done in the first few games over these next four games and hopefully, fingers crossed, we’ll see what happens in November.”
Any English player who hits great form in the top flight is bound to have speculation about a Three Lions callup, and Bamford is the latest to be discussed.
You’d be shocked if Gareth Southgate called him into the next squad when there are other strikers scoring as many as him like Ollie Watkins or Eddie Nketiah, but it’s not beyond the realms of possibility.
Bamford’s form is great to see after a tough 19/20 season, and he’s showing that he definitely has what it takes to play in the Premier League, finally settling in a team that trusts his abilities unlike when he was at Crystal Palace or Burnley.
Rodrigo Moreno arriving might have been a kick up the backside that he knows his starting berth is under risk if his form dips, and healthy competition is needed to keep up the momentum.