Scott Parker hails 'phenomenal' Leeds United star and makes Fulham admission as Cottagers await Whites

SCOTT PARKER says Fulham will face a big challenge keeping 'incredible' Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford quiet at Craven Cottage.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 12:03 pm
Updated Friday, 19th March 2021, 12:04 pm

Marcelo Bielsa's Whites will take on Parker's Cottagers in a Friday night 8pm kick-off which Bamford is approaching sat joint-fifth in the Premier League's Golden Boot race.

The United no 9 has netted 13 times and Whites head coach Bielsa said at his pre-match press conference that he expected the striker to be fit enough to play despite coming off injured in last weekend's goalless draw at home to Chelsea.

Asked if Bamford was one of the most lethal strikers in the division at his pre-match press conference, Parker said as quoted by footbal.london: "He's right up there.

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'INCREDIBLE': Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford, centre, celebrates netting his 13th goal of the season in last month's 3-0 win at home to Southampton. Photo by GARETH COPLEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.

"We faced him last year and the amount of chances Leeds create he's always in that position.

"He has a tireless work-rate and what he's asked to do out of possession at Leeds is phenomenal really. The work he puts in is pretty incredible.

"Added to that is his goal record and him scoring goals which has been very good this year.

"It's been a step up for him, I know he's scored goals in the Championship for some time for different clubs but he's now showing his quality in the big league.

"It's a big challenge for us and the defenders to try and keep him quiet."

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Thank you Laura Collins