Leeds striker Patrick Bamford has revealed he was offered the opportunity to make the ITV Love Island series earlier this year.
The star recently made his England debut against Andorra, having scored 17 goals last season for United. This season, Bamford has one goal and three assists in five appearances – form that caught Liverpool’s attention.
However, his name could have touched a whole new audience if the Leeds man had accepted an unexpected offer to appear on Love Island.
The ITV reality show is famous for launching well-cut men and women looking for a couple on a tropical island.
Bamford, however, lifted the veil on the phone call he took offering her a spot on the show. And Bamford, had he accepted, would have been the first professional footballer to appear on the show since its launch in 2015.
The likes of fFormer Wolves midfielder Aaron Simpson and Wealdstone forward Dennon Lewis were on the program, however.
Nonetheless, Bamford has explained the saga before 1-1 draw between Leeds and Newcastle Friday night.
“Ironically, I was lying in my bed one night when it was on” Bamford Recount Air sports. “It must have been 11 am and I received a phone call from a hidden number.
“Normally I never answer it, but I did answer it and I don’t remember its name. Think it was Chris or something and he said, “Hi, this is Chris from ITV.”
“I was so unsure of what was going on. Then he said, “We’re just calling you about the dating show that’s going on right now, which is Love Island. Do you know how Casa Amor just ended, we could do with a bomb to get into? the villa and we think you would be perfect. ‘
“I just continued with that and he asked me if I was ready to go, but I don’t think my girlfriend would have been too happy. He then asked if she wanted to come in. So I kept playing with it and it got a bit silly, it was so hit or miss I’m not even sure who it was.
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Bielsa said the Leeds star is a major issue
Marcelo Bielsa, meanwhile, has learned that his Leeds side are desperately lacking a playmaker and that his confidence in Tyler Roberts is misplaced..
Roberts came off the bench after 61 minutes of Friday’s 1-1 draw at St James’ Park. This has continued its tendency to substitute for Leeds this season.
But he struggled to make an impact as the game ended in a draw.
Expert Gabriel Agbonlahor has now questioned whether the Wales striker is good enough to play Premier League football.
“For me he is not good enough for the level of Leeds or the Premier League,” he said.
“He’s got a few decent touches and gets some good positions, but his passing and making decisions just keep dropping him.
“It must be frustrating watching Leeds fans as movement continues to crumble when Roberts is on the ball. It’s shocking how often this happens.
“I don’t see him as the answer for Leeds, although Marcelo Bielsa has a lot of confidence in him.”
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