Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford has four goals to his name so far this season for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Leeds striker Bamford says that Mick McCarthy asked him to change nationality so he could be available for Ireland over the summer.
However, Bamford was reluctant to make the choice to play for Ireland just yet, as he wants to be fully focused on Leeds.
“I spoke to Mick and he asked me to basically change over nationality for the summer games and I said ‘look I had a bad injury last year and I want to concentrate interest of the season with Leeds,” he said.
“I am not saying no, I am just concentrating on Leeds. I haven’t closed any doors, I have not said yes, I have not said no.”
And Ireland fans are now questioning Bamford’s commitment to playing for them.
Say good bye to him plenty coming through and I know we don’t have attacking talent does he really expect to get ahead of Harry Kane??— philipg1991 (@phil08game) September 4, 2019
Unfortunately a sign of the times when it comes to certain players attitudes. Imagine how the likes of @AaronConnolly_9 and @troyparrott9 must feel seeing comments like that. Hit the road, Bamford. A personality like his would be poison in the dressing room.— Chew Bacca (@jellycopter) September 4, 2019
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out paddy— Paul Munroe (@pauliebohs74) September 4, 2019
The commitment— [email protected] (@LansdowneroadI) September 4, 2019
Plenty of talent coming through, sorry mate you had your chance— MrBarryKelly ™ (@Bazzykel19) September 4, 2019
Not a hope wouldn’t give him the time of day. He waited to see if Leeds got to the premiership or not hoping for a England call up— Graham Jago (@GJago) September 4, 2019
No. If ya have to even question which country your allegiance should be with then no.— Ian Maley (@Spuddy46) September 4, 2019
Bamford’s stance suits Leeds, as it limits the time he has to spend away from Elland Road and also reduces the risk of him picking up an injury on international duty.
If Bamford had made himself available for Ireland he surely would have made their most recent squad.
The Leeds striker has been in excellent form this season, scoring four times in his first six Championship matches.
Leeds return to action after the international break with a match against Barnsley.