Kevin Phillips has claimed Patrick Bamford deserves to be one of the top earners at Leeds United as the club line up new contract talks.

The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insists that the 27-year-old has proved everybody wrong with his top-flight goalscoring exploits this season.

Football Insider revealed that negotiations with Bamford’s representatives over a new contract are to begin soon.

His current £40,000-a-week deal expires in the summer of 2021.

Bamford has added 12 goals to his Premier League tally this term after only having one to his name before the current season started.

His form has helped to propel Leeds away from the relegation spaces and with his 100th career goal against Crystal Palace on Monday he sent the Whites into the top half of the table.

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When asked if Bamford deserves to be one of the top earners at Elland Road, Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “He definitely deserves to be in and around it. 

“He’s their main talisman and credit to the player. There were question marks on him, I put question marks on him.

“Can he score goals in the Premier League? He’s proved everyone wrong, he can. 

“He’s a threat, he’s chipping in with goals. He’s involved in everything that Leeds do so he definitely deserves to be up there in that top three, four or five earners. 

“He’ll be rewarded with a good contract and so he should be for the work that he’s done.

“I give a lot of credit to the player and of course Marcelo Bielsa as well for consistently picking him when Bamford was having a tough time, I’m sure the contract will get sorted.”

Bamford has registered two goals and three assists in his last three outings for Leeds as his sparkling form continues.

He will be looking to add to his new tally of 100 career goals as Leeds push to finish their first season back in the Premier League strongly.

In other Leeds United news, Alan Hutton has spotted a change in Bamford’s game since playing against him.