The Leeds United official podcast has become a source for behind-the-scenes stories and tales of the current squad from Patrick Bamford – with the Whites striker detailing snippets of off-the-pitch things like speaking in French to Raphinha, putting aftershave on before matches and how long it takes Jack Harrison to do his hair before a match. Now, the Leeds ace has given a response to competing with Erling Haaland for a place in the side.
Bamford, 27, has delighted and surprised Leeds fans aplenty this season. Touted with an England call-up this month, the striker has scored an impressive 13 Premier League goals in 26 matches – as well as laying on six assists in that time. He has been in stunning form for Leeds, keeping his place in the side despite the signing of Rodrigo from Valencia.
But his form has not been as strong as Borussia Dortmund’s Leeds-born striker Haaland. The son of ex-Leeds player Alfie Inge Haaland, Erling has scored a whopping 27 goals in 27 games. Bamford has even admitted this season that has been told by Marcelo Bielsa and his staff to educate himself with the runs made by the ex-Salzburg centre-forward.
Given his father playing for Leeds in the past and the fact he was born in Yorkshire, Haaland has been linked with Leeds – but his explosive form has already seen him outgrow the Whites. A move to the Premier League is certainly one that could come to fruition in the summer, but Leeds will not sign him. Jokingly, though, Matthew Lewis – who stars on the podcast – teased Bamford about Leeds potentially signing Haaland.
Indeed, Lewis – who is renowned for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, and is a massive Leeds fan – asked Bamford in a joking manner, how he would find competing with Haaland to start up top, when Leeds eventually sign Haaland. Bamford played along, giving Lewis a four-word response: “I relish the competition.”