Bamford would 'go the other way' if Leeds seal reported swoop for 35 goal/assist star - McAvennie

Frank McAvennie fears Patrick Bamford would struggle if Leeds United signed another senior centre-forward in the summer.

The former West Ham and Celtic striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested regular competition would have a negative effect on the Whites’ top scorer.

Bamford has contributed 13 goals and six assists in 28 Premier League appearances this season – no player in Marcelo Bielsa’s side has been involved in more goals.

He is currently the only recognised senior number nine at the club and Football Insider pundits Noel Whelan and Alex McLeish believe it is an issue that needs to be addressed in the transfer market.

According to TEAMtalk, Leeds are one of three Premier League clubs chasing Championship top-scorer Ivan Toney this summer with Brentford demanding £30million for his signature.

When asked if Toney would be welcome competition for Bamford at Elland Road, McAvennie told Football Insider:

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“I do not know whether it would be a help or a hinderance if they signed a top-quality striker.

“I think he would go the other way and go off the boil.

“He is the top one at Leeds. If they sign Toney he would be under a lot of pressure and I do not know if the boy Bamford could handle that.

“Maybe I am wrong though and maybe Marcelo Bielsa could even switch it up to play two up top.”

Bamford started Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Chelsea, but was forced off after just 35 minutes with a heavy knock to his leg.

Bielsa’s side travel to Fulham on Friday and it is yet known whether the English striker will be available.

In other news, Danny Mills tips Leeds United to sign the next Nigel Martyn after a key transfer update.