'He can stay there for next 5 years' - Exclusive: Bent on Leeds big name after interview
Darren Bent believes that Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford can achieve his dream of staying at the club for the next five years thanks to manager Marcelo Bielsa.
The former Aston Villa and England hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims the 26-year-old has got the unquestionable backing of the Argentine boss and that he need not worry about his place in the side.
Speaking about his future at Elland Road, Bamford told the Yorkshire Evening Post he would be “delighted” if he could spend the next five years at Elland Road.
He has already spent nearly two years with the Whites, having joined the club from Middlesbrough back in the summer of 2018.
Bent believes that the striker could well achieve his dream of spending the next half a decade with Leeds, primarily due to the faith shown in him by Bielsa.
Asked if Bamford’s ambitions were realistic, Bent told Football Insider: “You know what, I think it is a realistic target because he’s playing for a manager who fully appreciates everything that he does.
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“I don’t think it’s a case of him having to worry: ‘What can I do?’ because clearly, even when things have not gone well, Bielsa’s still played him, still really likes him.
“For me I think he’s in a situation where he can stay there for the next five years. We understand he’s missed big chances, all strikers miss big chances but it’s his work rate that Bielsa loves.
“They’ve had strikers there, like Eddie Nketiah, who haven’t managed to move him on or managed to get him out because of what he does for the team.”
After a difficult first season at Leeds, Bamford has managed to establish himself as the undoubted first-choice striker for Bielsa this term.
He has sat out just two games across all competitions for the Whites, with all of his 13 goals coming in the Championship.
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