Ian Wright’s Golden Boot rally cry to Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford
Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright has urged Patrick Bamford to target the Premier League Golden Boot ahead of the run-in.
Bamford is Leeds United’s leading scorer with 14 goals so far this term, which puts him joint fourth in the race for the Golden Boot.
The 27-year-old is five goals behind leading duo Harry Kane and Mo Salah, with Bruno Fernandes on 16 goals, while Son Heung-Min and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are both level with Bamford.
While the Leeds number nine faces a tall order to catch the Spurs and Liverpool forwards at the top of the standings, Wright says Bamford’s Leeds team-mates will present plenty of opportunities for him.
“I gave Patrick Bamford a message the other day, saying you don’t need to win the league to win the Golden Boot bro,” Wright said on his Wrighty’s House podcast.
“But I don’t know if he grasped it. He didn’t grasp it like I was saying it.
“Because what I was trying to say to him was: ‘Your team is fine, go and start to take those chances. Accumulate!'”
Wright also urged Everton striker Calvert-Lewin to take more chances as he grouped the England man in with Bamford.
“It’s the same with Calvert-Lewin,” he added. “I saw him miss a couple of chances against Palace and I said, those chances, with them going into the top four, trying to get into the top four at Everton are the chances you take. I saw him miss a couple and you think to yourself, you’ve got to take those now.”
Bamford has seven matches of the Premier League season remaining to plunder as many goals as he can, with Wright admitting that he is backing England skipper Harry Kane to take the prize this season.
Leeds host Liverpool on Monday night, with Manchester United following next weekend as they look to cement their place in the top half of the Premier League.