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.
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.