By Kevin Phillips

10th Jan, 2021 | 8:30pm

'Four-year contract...I Am Sure' - Exclusive: Phillips drops big Leeds player verdict

Kevin Phillips has tipped Leeds United to tie Patrick Bamford down to a new four-year deal by the summer.

The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed that the 27-year-old is deserving of improved terms at Elland Road having improved his all-round game over the past 18 months.

The Sun report that the Yorkshire club plan to reward their number nine with a new long-term contract following an impressive start to the 2020/21 campaign.

Bamford has just 18 months left on his current contract having joined the Whites from Middlesbrough in July 2018.

His 17 Premier League appearances this term have yielded 10 goals and three assists but he was left out of Marcelo Bielsa’s squad that were shockingly beaten 3-0 by Crawley Town in the FA Cup.

When asked by Football Insider if he expected Leeds to table new terms to Bamford soon, Phillips said: “I think it will get sorted in the next five or six months.

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“Bamford has done really well and with 18 months left on his deal I’m sure the club will look to get him on another four-year contract.

“Bielsa realises what an important player he is for Leeds. He is maturing into a brilliant striker. His all round game is improving.

“He is not a prolific goalscorer but it is improved quickly. It helps when you have good players around you.

“He deserves a new deal for what he has done over the past 18 months. Bamford has contributed so much to Leeds.”

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