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Exclusive: Nigel Martyn comments on reported Patrick Bamford contract talks, backs new Leeds deal

Patrick Bamford is reportedly in line for a new contract after a stunning start to life in the Premier League with Leeds United, and Nigel Martyn has told LeedsUnited.News that the striker more than deserves his new deal – urging the Whites to give him a deal until the summer of 2024.

There were doubts heading into the Premier League that Bamford had what it takes to spearhead a top-flight side. His tally of 16 goals last season should have been a lot more, with the ex-Chelsea and Crystal Palace striker missing numerous chances – something that Leeds fans bemoaned.

But this season, Bamford has been much more ruthless. He already has 10 Premier League goals in just 17 outings – and has even been mentioned by England manager Gareth Southgate. However, his long-term future at Elland Road is hardly black and white, given that he has entered the final 18 months of his current deal – which is worth £35,000 a week (Spotrac).

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The Sun have claimed that Leeds are planning to sit down with Bamford’s representatives over a move to extend the striker’s current deal – and hand him a pay rise that recognises his stunning Premier League form. Leeds legend Martyn thinks Bamford is more than deserving of a new contract, and has backed him to get a deal until 2024.

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“I’d give him three of four years, he’s a fit lad,” Martyn told LeedsUnited.News. “There’s no point giving him two-year contract given he’s got 18 months left. If you see him as your main man, then a three-year deal [2024] is fair. He has earned it.

“A year is a long, long time in this Premier League era. It is whether his goals dry up. I think he has earnt this, when he is not in the team and the team struggle it helps his cause. Going forward, for now, he is first choice.”

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Bamford has been excellent for Leeds – despite having to deal with more pressure than any of his teammates. Not only is he put under pressure due to being a striker, he is also under the watchful eye of supporters given he was probably one of the only players to underperform last season. Combining all of that shows just how well he is doing this season.

His absence against Crawley Town on Sunday in the FA Cup shows just how crucial Bamford is to Bielsa’s Leeds. Handing him a contract is of utmost importance and while there seems to be no danger of him leaving or attracting interest, that could change over the next few months if a new deal is avoided.

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