Pundit Exclusive: Leeds tipped to enter summer contract talks with 'Amazing' forward
Leeds United should wait until the end of the season before offering striker Patrick Bamford a new contract.
That is the view of former Premier League striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as the Whites’ top scorer enters the final 18 months of his current deal.
The Sun report the club’s hierarchy are planning on opening negotiations with the 27-year-old to secure his long-term future.
Bamford has scored 10 goals in 17 Premier League appearances this season after finding the net just three times in 27 top-flight games previously.
He has also provided three assists and has therefore been directly involved in almost half of the Whites’ 30 league goals this term.
Asked by Football Insider whether the Englishman’s form means he deserves a new deal, Agbonlahor said: “I think sometimes with clubs, 18 months is still a long time. There’s no rush for them to have to give contracts out.
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“They’ll probably think to themselves, ‘let’s see what he does in the second half of the season and we can make a decision in the summer’.
“There’s a lot of craziness happening in the world at the moment, I don’t think they have to rush into giving him a contract.
“It’s his first season in the Premier League [with Leeds], he’s done amazing.
“But they’ll want to see what he’s like after another six months and make a decision after that.”
Bamford had previously played in the Premier League for Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Burnley and Middlesborough.
However, this term is the first season he has played over 10 games in the division in a single season.