By Darren Bent

25th Jul, 2020 | 4:22pm

'I got the feeling...' - Exclusive: Darren Bent makes Bamford claim after talking to Leeds ace

Darren Bent claims Patrick Bamford has grown “sick and tired” of coming under heavy fire for his performances after talking to the Leeds United striker. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England forward admits he got the feeling that the 26-year-old was desperate to have his say after the Whites’ title-winning campaign.

Speaking to Bent on talkSPORT 2 on Thursday, Bamford admitted he was frustrated by David O’Leary’s suggestion Leeds would have to sign another striker after their promotion to the Premier League.

Bent has lifted the lid on his conversation with Bamford prior to their on-air interview and has suggested the Leeds man was desperate to get his point across.

Bent told Football Insider: “Listen, first and foremost he was great – I reached out to Patrick as we know a couple of the same people.

“I don’t know if he’s been reluctant to talk to people in the past but I just wanted him to understand I’m in your corner, I think some of the criticism he’s got has been a bit unjustified but at the end of the day it is what it is. 

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“I reached out to him just saying do you want to come on and I got the feeling that he half wanted to talk, he wanted to get his point out there, he was sick and tired of hearing people talk about him that he wanted us to know what his thoughts were. 

“He was brilliant, he was good as gold, he didn’t hide anything and said what he had to say.”

Bamford came under fire during the 2019/20 season for passing up a number of excellent goal-scoring opportunities.

However, he finished the campaign as Leeds’ top scorer having netted 16 goals in 45 Championship appearances.

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