Mick McCarthy admits to disliking Leeds' Patrick Bamford in the past

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United at Macron Stadium on December 15, 2018 in...

The Leeds United hitman irked Mick McCarthy back in 2015.

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United at Macron Stadium on December 15, 2018 in...

Mick McCarthy has admitted to The Irish Examiner that he used to dislike current Leeds United player Patrick Bamford, but won't deny that he's excellent goalscorer.

The 25-year-old, who joined Leeds for £7 million last summer [Daily Mail], won the Championship's Player of the Year in 2015 after scoring 17 goals during his loan at Middlesbrough from Chelsea.

In doing so, Bamford beat out competition from 27-goal hitman Daryl Murphy who McCarthy was managing at Ipswich Town at the time.

But the Republic of Ireland boss, who is trying to recruit the England-born striker for the international fold, admits that the Boys in Green need somebody of his prowess up front.

 

“I do like him. I didn’t like him when he got player of the year in the Championship, because Murphy should have had it, because he scored 27 goals and he was a Championship player and not a player on loan from Chelsea," he told The Irish Examiner.

"I haven’t had a chance to tell him that, but he’s probably read it because I said it before.

"He’s a goal scorer, he’s a proven goal scorer, technically a very good finisher and we haven’t got that many. To be fair, we haven’t got that many that are playing.”

McCarthy's side have competitive meetings with Gibraltar and Georgia in March but the injured Leeds striker won't be thinking about those games yet, if he declares for the Irish that is.

Bamford has only managed 29 minutes of Championship football since August. He scored in his comeback game against Bolton last month but hasn't been seen since.

It remains to be seen when he'll return but the promotion-chasing Whites could do with him back as soon as possible. Kemar Roofe, who has 14 Championship goals, is doing the business up front at the moment, but if he runs out of steam then it could very well affect United's form.

Patrick Bamford of Leeds United and Jordan Storey of Preston North End compete for the ball during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Leeds United and Preston North End at Elland...

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