Patrick Bamford has told BT Sport’s Michael Calvin Football Podcast that he is confident Leeds United will still avoid relegation as the squad and quality has improved – and even aimed a thinly-veiled dig in Jesse Marsch’s direction.

Bamford, 29, was of course guilty of missing a massive chance late on at Leicester to secure a 2-1 win. A miss that meant Leeds are sat on 30 points in 16th, level with Nottingham Forest – but with arguably the toughest run in.

Leeds have to play Bournemouth and Manchester City away from home next, before playing host to Newcastle. Then, a trip to West Ham and back to Elland Road for Tottenham on the final day of the Premier League season.

Despite the incredibly tough run of fixtures left in front of Leeds, Bamford has told Calvin’s podcast that he is still “100%” confident of survival. He says Leeds squad has improved With Javi Gracia now in place, Leeds will stay up.

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“Yeah 100%,” Bamford told BT Sport’s podcast, when asked if Leeds have what it takes to stay up. “There are going to be games that we aren’t going to start the way we want to. But in terms of the quality, the players we’ve got.

“The squad we’ve got now, is better – in terms of depth and quality – than the squad in the first year, there have just been different factors. But I do think with the players we’ve got and the manager we have now, we’ll have enough.”

Bamford confident Leeds will avoid relegation and aims dig at Marsch

Bamford is renowned not to be a fan of Marsch’s tactics. He said as much directly to the media after the 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest – which proved to be Marsch’s last game in charge. A lack of width did not suit the striker.

But he is confident Leeds will avoid the drop and stating that with Gracia in charge, Leeds have every chance, is very much a dig in Marsch’s direction. As things stand, though, it is difficult to see where the next points come from.

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