Whelan: Bamford tipped to go to next level at Leeds after Olympics reveal
Noel Whelan has backed Patrick Bamford to get even better next season for Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites striker and boyhood Elland Road fan delivered his verdict after Bamford revealed his Olympics ambition.
The striker told the Olympic website on 18 July he would “love” to represent Great Britain at the Paris 2024 games.
Team GB have only entered a men’s football team once in the last 60 years.
A team managed by Stuart Pearce reached the quarter-finals of the London 2012 games before being knocked out by South Korea on penalties.
“He’s had a taste of success over the past couple of seasons, being the top goalscorer and getting promoted to the Premier League and a great first taste of the Premier League,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
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“But once you’ve had a little taste of success you want more of it. That’s what great players do. They don’t rest on their laurels. One medal isn’t enough, one promotion wasn’t enough.
“He’s got aspirations to play at the very highest level of his game. Whether that be for England at tournaments or whether that be for Great Britain at the Olympics. There are not many players who can have an Olympic medal at the end of their career.
“I like the fact that he’s looking at every possible opportunity to better himself.”
Bamford scored 17 times in 38 Premier League games last season as the Whites finished ninth.
England captain Harry Kane was the only Englishman to score more than the 27-year-old.