Frank McAvennie has been wowed by Patrick Bamford and insisted he deserves a new Leeds United deal after “nobody gave him a sniff” of delivering in the Premier League.

The former West Ham and Celtic striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, heaped praise on Bamford on the back of his excellent campaign.

The 27-year-old has scored 12 goals and registered six assists in the Premier League this season after questions were raised about his top-flight ability in the summer.

This site revealed that Leeds have lined up talks with Bamford over a new contract.

His current deal expires in 18 months’ time. 

McAvennie claimed that Bamford’s goal in Leeds’ 2-0 win against Crystal Palace on Monday was an example of the instinct that all good strikers must have.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Nobody gave him a sniff, everybody said he wouldn’t be able to do it in the Premier League. 

“The boy’s come up there and stuck in. The manager’s shown faith in him and trusted him and he’s scoring goals. 

“He scored one the other night [v Crystal Palace] where the keeper saved it but he was there to tap it in, that’s a good striker. 

“That’s not an accident, him being in the right place at the right time. It’s an instinct. 

“He follows it in and a lot of strikers you see today wouldn’t have followed that in, good strikers do.”

Bamford’s goal against Palace was the 100th strike of his career and he will be looking to add to that tally against Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal this weekend.

After climbing into the top half of the Premier League table with a convincing win over the Eagles, Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa will be looking for another positive result in the capital.

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