By Michael Brown

10th Jan, 2021 | 9:00am

Exclusive: Top pundit in surprise £35K-a-wk contract claim - 'Leeds are not going stupid'

Patrick Bamford may not be able to demand a huge wage at Leeds United due to his unique style of play.

That is the view of former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder Michael Brown who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes Marcelo Bielsa’s influence has been pivotal to the 27-year-old’s success in the Premier League and that the striker might not thrive under other managers.

The Sun report that Leeds are set to open talks with the former Middlesbrough man over a new deal at Elland Road as he heads into the final 18 months of his current £35,000-a-week terms.

Bamford has been a standout star for the Whites since their return to the top-flight, with 10 goals in 17 appearances so far.

However, Brown has surprisingly suggested the hitman may not be able to demand a massive wage increase, despite his impressive form, due to his reliance on Bielsa’s management to succeed.

Asked if Bamford was deserving of a new deal after his Premier League form, Brown told Football Insider: “Yeah, within reason. He’s scored some goals so Leeds are not going to go stupid straight away. It’s a long season, they’ll see how he gets on.

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“I think he also has to understand that he’s got a set way that suits Bielsa and not every other Premier League team so it’s give and take. 

“I think there’ll be a few who are very, very interested, watching what he is doing but I still think he’s only just begun his Premier League career and we want to see him keep going, getting more goals and developing into an even better player.” 

Bamford has netted 36 times in 89 appearances for Leeds since joining in the summer of 2018.

He has started every single one of the Whites’ 17 Premier League games this season and has played the full 90 minutes in all but four.

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