Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has hit back at his critics as he continues to delay a final decision given Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy’s chase for him to switch his international allegiance.
With four goals in seven matches so far during the 2019/20 campaign for the club, Bamford has had a bright start despite his critics for those misses that he really should bury, but it’s been known since the latter stage of 2018 that McCarthy has been chasing him for international duty.
So far though, Bamford hasn’t given a direct answer but speaking at a fans event quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post this week, Bamford slammed some of the press coverage about the issue and insisted that McCarthy knew exactly where he stood on the issue – his focus was purely on his form for Leeds as we chase promotion once again this year.
“Some of the stuff that gets written in the press is a load of rubbish. I spoke to Mick and he asked me to basically change over nationality for the summer games and I said ‘look I had a bad injury last year and I want to concentrate interest of the season with Leeds.’ I am not saying no, I am just concentrating on Leeds. I haven’t closed any doors, I have not said yes, I have not said no.”
The chase actually goes back longer as Martin O’Neill was also looking into the possibility of a switch, but Bamford’s point of view here given his injury record last season is completely understandable to me.