Patrick Bamford has put talks with Mick McCarthy on hold, with the Leeds United striker focusing on the Championship’s promotion race instead of his international commitments.
Leeds are pushing for a Premier League return for the first time since 2004 this season, with Bamford currently leading the line for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
McCarthy, who recently took charge of the Republic of Ireland, has been pushing for Bamford to commit to his international project rather than keeping his England options open.
Despite McCarthy making it public that he wanted to hold the talks, he has now revealed that Bamford’s focus remains on Leeds and their quest for Premier League football.
“He’s had a lot of injuries and he wants to concentrate on club football,” McCarthy told the Irish Independent. “He wouldn’t have been joining us until June anyway.”
Bamford, 25, is now the leading striker at Leeds in the absence of Kemar Roofe.
The former Middlesbrough ace has featured in Leeds’ last eight games, returning five goals in that time.
However, Bamford couldn’t add to that tally against Reading on Tuesday evening, with the striker missing a host of chances at the Madejski Stadium.
His focus now will be on tomorrow’s huge clash with Sheffield United.
Leeds fans will be pleased to learn where Bamford’s head is at right now.
He’s had a tough season in terms of injuries and the international break will do him the world of good.
It’s such a crucial part of the season for Leeds, with Bamford clearly having the right focus.
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