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Leeds must enter race for Patrick Bamford, and become promotion contenders

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Should Leeds make a move to try and sign Patrick Bamford from Chelsea?

Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford faces a big decision in January regarding his future.

He has been on loan at Crystal Palace this season, but has played only six league games since joining, and recently declared that he would be ending his spell at the club, telling The BBC it has been 'terrible'.

A number of clubs across England will be interested in signing last season's Championship Player of the Year, who impressed on loan at Middlesbrough.

The Teesiders are at the top of the Championship table and could re-ignite an interest, but there are others who should enter the race.

What can Patrick Bamford bring to Leeds?

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has signalled his intent to look to the Premier League for new faces, already snapping up Liam Bridcutt on loan.

A similar deal for Bamford would transform Leeds' chances, if he could recapture the form he showed on loan in the Championship last season.

He is a player who showed he can score and create goals in the division and will be motivated to prove himself to Chelsea, that this will not be a lost season for him.

What can Leeds offer Patrick Bamford?

Joining a Premier League side would mean Bamford would run the risk of sitting on the bench again, and this is reason for him to look to the Championship.

Middlesbrough would be the favourites to sign him, but considering they already sit top of the league, there is a question of whether Aitor Karanka's side really need him.

Leeds would offer a new challenge, and a chance to play regular football, whether that be alongside Chris Wood up front, or replacing him.

At just nine points off the play-off spots, Leeds are positioned to make a run, and this is a challenge which Bamford should be excited about, rather than taking the easy option of joining 'Boro.

Having failed to make it at Crystal Palace, Bamford should show he has the character to take on a tougher challenge than moving to the Riverside, and moving to Leeds will be just that.

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