Gabriel Agbonlahor has heaped praise on Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford for his stunning transformation this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker admitted he has been surprised by the 27-year-old’s finishing and tipped him for a national team call-up.
Bamford scored and provided two assists in Leeds’ 3-1 victory over high-flying Leicester last weekend and supplied the assist for Raphinha’s goal in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss at home to Everton.
His goal tally is 11 in the Premier League this term – second to Everton’s 12-goal Dominic Calvert-Lewin among Englishmen.
Prior to this season, Bamford had scored just one goal in 27 top-flight appearances across spells with Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Burnley and Middlesbrough.
Asked by Football Insider whether he expected Leeds’ number nine to be so prolific this season, Agbonlahor said: “What’s surprised me is how good his finishing is.
“He’s never going to get that ball and dribble past players but what he does have is a great finish on him.
“He showed with his goal at the weekend how clinical he can be. His link-up play as well.
“Yes, I’ve been surprised but credit to him.
“It was probably his last chance in the Premier League to do it and he’s done it. He’s been outstanding.
“I’m sure if Tammy Abraham doesn’t start scoring and getting game time Bamford will be picked before him [in the England squad].”
Harry Kane, Calvert-Lewin and Abraham were the three recognised strikers in Gareth Southgate’s last England squad back in November.
Abraham has scored 11 goals across all competitions this term but has not found the net in the league since Boxing Day.
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