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Patrick Bamford has had an indifferent campaign with Leeds United this season.

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford goes down clutching his face after his side scored a contentious goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Aston Villa at Elland...

Kevin Kilbane has let rip at Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford and the manner in which he has gone about wanting to play for the Republic of Ireland

Former Premier League defender Kilbane doesn't want the 'non-committal' London-born player representing Ireland, nor Southampton forward Nathan Redmond, who has recently been called up by England [BBC Sport]

As Balls.ie reported last month, ROI manager Mick McCarthy shared that he has had conversations with Bamford about playing for them, but he wanted to wait until the season is over before talking about his international future - his season has now come to an end. 

 

Speaking to Off the Ball, the manner in which Bamford has gone about potentially wanting to play for the ROI hasn't sat well with the out-spoken Kilbane.

"I wouldn't pick him anyway," Kilbane told Off the Ball. "He's so non-committal on it. He, in general, has never once wanted to commit to us. And again, he's been very, very loose with Mick when he's had a conversation with him. 

"If you want to play for us, you make contact. You certainly answer texts and get in contact with the necessary people. He's not wanted to. He's not shown any inclination that he wants to play for us, Patrick Bamford.

"I don't personally want them [Bamford & Nathan Redmond] in the squad. I think Mick's taken the right root of tentatively speaking to them. Put the olive branch out there and if they're not respective then, no, thanks very much!"

Patrick Bamford of Leeds United  celebrates after  the SkyBet Championship playoff semi final match between Derby County and Leeds United at the Pride Park, Derby on Saturday 11th May 2019.

Leeds signed Bamford from fellow Championship side Middlesbrough last summer, but he endured a number of injuries and he didn't play as much as he would have liked. 

When Bamford did play, he showcased his goalscoring talent, but the manner in which he has ended the season with the Yorkshire club hasn't been too impressive. 

As Marcelo Bielsa's side pushed for a top-two finish in the Championship, he struggled to put the ball into the back of the net and then he was given a two-match ban after deceiving the referee during his sides 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.

Upon returning from his ban, he was once again booked for diving during Leeds United's play-off second leg encounter against Derby, where he once again struggled to prove his worth. 

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford in action during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Second Leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May 15, 2019 in Leeds, England.

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