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Top-10 finish for Leeds United should be a ‘minimum’, says Patrick Bamford


Bamford has 14 Premier League goals this season (Picture: Getty Images)

Patrick Bamford says Leeds United should be aiming to finish inside the top 10 in the Premier League this season and feels that target could be achieved if they can become more consistent.

The Whites secured automatic promotion from the Championship to England’s top flight last season as they ended their 16-year absence from the division.

After 29 games, Marcelo Bielsa’s side are in 11th place in the table having won 12, drawn three and lost 14.

The Whites are currently in 11th place in the table (Picture: Getty Images)

Leeds will be encouraged by some of their results against the top sides, including a win over Leicester City and draws with Chelsea and Manchester City, but for them to move into the top half of the table, Bamford admitted his side need to be more solid and consistent.

‘In one-off games, we have played against the top teams and top-four teams and we have beat some of them,’ Bamford told The Official Leeds United Podcast.

‘It’s kind of wrong to say that because we have beat them we could definitely get top four but if we got a bit more consistent I think that top ten should be a minimum.

‘With the way that we play and if we shore up a little bit and do get that consistency then there’s no reason why not.’

Bielsa’s side have shipped 47 league goals this season, however, Bamford has no concerns over their backline and puts the amount they concede down to their high-intensity attacking style.

‘The reason why the defence sometimes gets opened up is because of what we do at the top of the field because of the way we play,’ Bamford added.

‘If we are late to a press or we are not quite on it or we are not aggressive enough it puts everyone a little bit out of time and out of position and that’s when you see teams kind of cut through us some times.

‘So I don’t think it’s necessarily an issue with the defence.

‘I think that actually all of the back four or back five with Illan [Meslier] have been brilliant when they have played. It’s just that as a team we are sometimes a little bit off it.’


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