Richard Keogh encourages Leeds' Patrick Bamford to take Irish plunge

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford battles with Sheffield United's John Egan during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield United at Elland Road on March 16, 2019 in...

The Derby County defender is hopeful that Leeds United's Patrick Bamford joins up with the Irish at some point.

Patrick Bamford of Leeds United celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the Sky Bet Championship between Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion at Elland Road on March 01, 2019 in...

Richard Keogh is hopeful that Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford will declare for the Republic of Ireland.

The in-form Leeds marksman was omitted from Mick McCarthy's squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers later this month.

McCarthy revealed earlier this week that Bamford - who has six goals in his last 10 Championship games for United - made himself unavailable in order to focus on the Whites' Premier League promotion bid.

The Boys in Green boss added that he may get the 25-year-old to commit this summer, and Keogh, who briefly played alongside the £7 million player [The Daily Mail] at Derby County, says the ball is in Bamford's court.

 

He told The Mirror: "He’s a good player, he can score goals. He'd offer something different to our group, so I can understand why the manager is looking at different options.

“The manager has just followed that up and it's got to the stage where it’s down to Pat. It's his choice.

“If he wants to play for Ireland, then I’ll say it’s an opportunity. But if he doesn’t feel like that, then that’s up to him."

Bamford, born in England, is an excellent striker and what a coup it'd be for the Irish if they can get him.

But if Leeds win promotion into the top flight, which seems a distinct possibility, then he might be on England boss Gareth Southgate's radar next term if he adapts well to the Premier League., 

Marcelo Bielsa's side sit third in the Championship, one point off the top two with eight games left.

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford battles with Sheffield United's John Egan during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield United at Elland Road on March 16, 2019 in...

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