'Fuming' - Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford determined to keep pace with Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane

LEEDS United striker Patrick Bamford says there will be no chance of settling for what he has got - particularly with Harry Kane racing away on 19 goals.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 1:56 pm

Bamford sits joint-fourth in the Premier League's Golden Boot race despite playing for a newly-promoted side in his first full season of regular starts in English football's top tier.

The Whites no 9 also has six assists but says there will be no prospect of him resting on his laurels in his and Leeds United's first season back amongst the country's elite.

Bamford has recently been battling through injury and was taken off in the 65th minute of last weekend's 2-1 victory at home to Sheffield United having led the line but without scoring and the Leeds forward says he will always be "fuming" when failing to net in a single game.

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KEPT OUT: Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford, right, during last weekend's 2-1 victory against Sheffield United at Elland Road. Photo by Carl Recine - Pool/Getty Images.

Moreover, the 27-year-old striker has sights set on the division's Golden Boot and is wary of Tottenham Hotspur striker and England captain Kane now being on 19 goals for the current campaign.

Liverpool's Mo Salah is next in the list on 18 goals, two ahead of Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes on 16.

Bamford and Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin have 14 each but Bamford's message was clear when asked if the pressure was now off given his stellar amount of goals and assists so far.

“I still put pressure on myself to score,” Bamford told the Official Leeds United Podcast.

“If I don’t score a goal, even in the Premier League, if I haven’t scored one week I’m fuming so I’m still putting pressure on myself to score.

"I know that whilst the manager is not one to say he has to score and is putting pressure on me to score, he is kind of pushing me to keep improving.

"There's always the pressure from the coaches and the manager to keep improving and getting better and that's for every player and then there's the stuff that I put on myself which is that I want to score.

"It sounds daft and I wouldn’t have thought it at the start of the season but to see Harry Kane reach 19 goals, I’m starting to panic thinking 'that’s five goals more now, I’m going to have to start pulling my finger out a bit.'

"There's different types of pressure."

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Thank you Laura Collins