Marcelo Bielsa will love Patrick Bamford’s latest comments on Erling Haaland joining Leeds United, according to Kevin Phillips.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier Leagues striker claimed Bamford was rightly full of confidence after his fine season.
The 27-year-old told the official Leeds United podcast he would “relish the competition” if Leeds-born Haaland moved to Elland Road.
Bamford has been Bielsa’s undisputed first-choice striker this season and has repaid his manager’s faith by firing 13 goals in 26 Premier League games.
He admitted to the club’s podcast earlier this season he was worried about his place in the side after Leeds bought Rodrigo Moreno for a club-record fee.
But Phillips has insisted Bamford is quite right to be loving life in the top flight.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “It’s great to hear [him say that].
“He’s full of confidence at the moment and so he should be. He’s surprised a lot of people so it’s credit to the player.
“Bring it on, it’s fantastic. I’m not sure I’d want to be challenging him! But that just shows how full of confidence he is at the moment.
“If I’m the manager and I’m hearing that it’s great whether that will ever happen I’m not so sure after reading where Haaland would rather play.
“Nevertheless, Bamford is basically suggesting whoever comes to the football club he’ll challenge them and not let them push him out of the starting XI.
“That’s great competition for places and great to hear for the manager.”
Haaland is known to be a follower of the Yorkshire giants and asked Stuart Dallas to swap shirts when Norway faced Northern Ireland last year.