Bamford has been in good scoring form for Leeds this season and has received widespread praise.
As a result, Southgate revealed that he considered him for international duty. However, when the team for the World Cup qualifiers was announced Thursday he had chosen Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins instead.
The Three Lions boss has since commented that Bamford was “very unhappy” to be sent off.
But not the type to stay too long, Bamford responded to the disappointment on Friday night. The striker scored one and assisted another like Leeds won 2-1 over struggling Fulham.
And while Bielsa doesn’t think his number nine was there to make a point, he is hopeful that he will be given a chance on the international stage.
“I don’t think he had that spirit,” he said in his post-match press conference (via Leeds Live). ” He’s playing to be chosen, but I don’t think he has the mind to try to prove someone wrong.
“The fact that he was considered is already very valuable. Maybe in the time that remains he will have another opportunity.
Bamford’s performance at Craven Cottage was even more impressive given that he had a doubt in the construction. The 27-year-old was pulled in last week’s game with Chelsea after just 35 minutes with injury.
But he proved his fitness and started the match, which lasted 77 minutes. By the player’s own admission he was not 100% but still had a huge impact on the result and Bielsa was happy with what he had contributed.
“He made a very big effort and I saw him play a very courageous game,” he added. “I saw him play well, generous other than that. He also helped his teammates get chances.
Bielsa insists safety is not guaranteed
The victory at Fulham, their first in London in 17 attempts, takes Leeds to 39 points. This has been enough to beat the decline in every season since 2010/11.
But at the same time Bielsa praised his team for the way they coped with the rise in power, he refuses to be complacent despite their seemingly healthy stance.
“Big financial contribution to get the players we have,” he said of what helped Leeds impress this term.
“Throughout the campaign, the players have adapted and absorbed the level necessary to play in this league. Like all teams to consolidate, there are ups and downs. With so many points to play, there is still a lot to play for.
“These are speculations that will be confirmed mathematically. With 27 points to go, security is not confirmed.
Whites, currently in 11th place, will play five of his remaining nine games at Elland Road. This includes their next outing, a Yorkshire derby with Sheffield United at the bottom.
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