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Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has claimed he is capable of scoring more than 25 goals this season.

Bamford had an unconvincing debut season at Elland Road, scoring 10 times in 25 appearances after returning from an injury.

With fellow forward Kemar Roofe set to miss the start of the season with a knee injury, the 25-year-old looks certain to be Leeds starting striker over the next few weeks.

It could be a role that Bamford takes permanently as Roofe is reportedly close to a move to Anderlecht.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post at a question and answer event at Elland Road, Bamford discussed the pressure of leading the line for the Whites.

He said: “There’s always going to be that pressure when you’re at a big club like Leeds.

“For me, it’s something I embrace.

“I expect myself to score as many goals as I can. Last year, getting 10, for me being out six months wasn’t a bad return.

“With a cruciate injury it’s tough, it takes a while to feel normal again but since we’ve been back for pre-season my knees have felt brilliant, felt the same as each other.

“Obviously every striker wants to clear the 20, 25 mark and hopefully with a full season I’m capable of doing that. I’ve set myself personal targets and hopefully I can achieve them.”

Leeds start their Championship campaign by traveling to Ashton Gate to face Bristol City on Sunday.

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It should be a boost for Leeds fans to hear that Bamford is full of confidence heading into the new season.

The 25-year-old has experience scoring goals in the Championship, with 45 to his name, but took some flak from Whites supporters for his performances last season.

After a full pre-season, it appears he is raring to go and it should be a tough test first up against the Robins, however, with star centre-back reportedly on the move to Brighton they look set to set to field a slightly weaker line-up.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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