Bamford signs new five year deal
20 Aug 2021 07:55 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Friday 20th August, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Bamford signs new 5 year deal
Last night Leeds United announced that striker Patrick Bamford has signed a new contract with the club. The 27-year-old has put pen to paper on a new five-year-deal, keeping him at Elland Road until the summer of 2026. It’s fair to say Bamford had a mixed career before his move to Leeds United in the summer of 2018. A product of the Nottingham Forest academy he joined Chelsea in 2012 for a fee of £1.5 million though he would never play a competitive game for Chelsea instead going out on a series of loans to MK Dons, Derby, Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace, Norwich and Burnley.
In January 2017 he would re-join Middlesbrough, this time on a permanent deal for a fee in the region of £5.5 million. After an injury to striker Rudy Gestede in February 2018 Bamford was moved from out wide to up front under manager Tony Pulis, where he flourished. On 2nd March 2018, Bamford scored his first ever hat-trick against Leeds United. Bamford made 47 appearances for Middlesbrough, scoring 12 goals in the process.
The summer of 2018 saw Bamford join Leeds United for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract. He was given the number 9 shirt for the season but chances were limited due to injury. In his second season he would become a crucial member of Marceo Biesa’s team featuring in all but one of Leeds 46 league matches, with the Whites winning the division by 10 points. After a successful first season back in the Premier League, Bamford has scored an impressive 43 goals in 111 matches for Leeds.
Do you think Bamford’s performances justify a 5 year deal? Is singing up our key players on long term deals just as important as bringing in new players? Can you see Rodrigo pushing Bamford for the striker role at all this season?
Bielsa hints at no more signings
Social media lit up like a Christmas tree yesterday afternoon when it was revealed that it is unlikely that Leeds will make any further signings this Summer. The announcement was made during Marcelo Bielsa's pre press conference prompting fans to wonder if the Whites would struggle this season? Bielsa was asked if they were any closer to bringing in new players, to which the veteran Manager replied...
It's not probable that any more signings will be made.
Where does this leave Leo Hjlede and Lewis O'Brien?
First team action for Gelhardt?
During yesterday's pre match press conference Marcelo Bieiesa was grilled on a number of issues relating to development players. One popular question that arose was when would Joe Gelhardt be given an opportunity in the first team? The 19 year old striker has represented England at U16,17 and U18 level netting 19 times. He joined Leeds last Summer opting to join Mark Jackson's team over a string of Premiership and Championship clubs. He hasn't disappointed either. During his maiden season, he scored 17 times, prompting fans to wonder why he hasn't been given an opportunity in the first team!
According to Bielsa:
The important thing is they overcome the players in the same position as them. There's something that's very representative when a young player shines for real, the first ones to perceive their possibilities is the group in the first-team when they see that there is a player who's good for real. It's not that they say it, you notice that when this happens, they want that player next to them, not behind them. I have lived this many times.
Bielsa reveals why Huggins was told he can leave
Many fans felt confused earlier in the Summer when the club announced that youngster Niall Huggins was deemed surplus to requirements. During yesterday's presser, the gaffer explains why. Huggins joined the Leeds academy at the tender age of eight, working his way up through the age groups, until finally reaching Mark Jackson's U23's and winning promotion to Premier League 2 last term! His talent, dedication and workmanship was duly rewarded last December when the club rewarded the him with a three year contact; yet seven months later Bielsa branded him surplus to requirements!
The young players [Ryan] Edmondson, Niall [Huggins], [Robbie] Gotts and [Jordan] Stevens, these players who were part of the U23s team in previous seasons, they have a process of development and growth. When they get up to a peak during this growth and development like it has been the case for each of these players that have been named, they have to compete for a place in a group that is very small, the group that is chosen for the season.
In this case that you're referring to, Ayling, Dallas and Shackleton are all players who play in the position he [Huggins] plays in. If I see clearly at this moment in time that he doesn't have the chance to overcome these players at the club and I keep him at the club knowing this instead of favouring his development I'm hindering him.
For all these youngsters it would be ideal to compete in a group in the PL but if they're not here there comes a moment where they need to look for a competition higher than the 23s otherwise their progress will be stalled. The expectation for all of us is that they compete outside of the club for a year and that we find an evolution that invites us to bring them back into the fold.
Without exception, every player that has gone out on loan, I have seen them every week, first because it's my function and secondly because you grow a bond with these players. I don't know if I've spoke also about Alfie [McCalmont] and [Leif] Davis and if there's something that we desire, it's that it goes well for them and we're able to bring them back. They've made big efforts to try and be part of the group and we've accompanied them in this effort. If it doesn't go well for them, the work that we've done is worse.