BBC pundit says Leeds ace is 'a bit different' to every other PL player in his position

Sam Preston March 22, 2021
BBC pundit says Leeds ace is 'a bit different' to every other PL player in his position
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BBC pundit Peter Crouch has given his opinion on the debate between English strikers Ollie Watkins and Patrick Bamford.

The comparison between the two hitmen was sparked by Gareth Southgate’s first England squad of 2021.

Bamford was talked about as a potential Three Lions option in the absence of Danny Ings, Callum Wilson and Tammy Abraham.

But it was actually Watkins who got his maiden call-up as England gear up to start their World Cup 2022 campaign.

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“It’s a thankless task being England manager,” Crouch wrote for the Daily Mail. We have a lot of very good players, all of whom have staked their claims.

“Lots of people have their favourites and it is inevitable Gareth Southgate is going to make some unpopular decisions. I can’t criticise the decision to pick Ollie Watkins, who has had an excellent season.

“He deserves his opportunity and it’s probably come down to the toss of a coin. Bamford has two goals in his last seven games, Watkins has one in seven.

“Bamford is a bit different from any other striker in the Premier League and I’d love to see him get a chance one day.”

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The call between Watkins and Bamford was a flip of a coin really; they’re both two hard-working and prolific strikers enjoying hugely impressive maiden Premier League seasons.

Southgate has gone for Watkins, which is sure to annoy some Leeds fans.

That said, he picked Kalvin Phillips when he hadn’t played in the Premier League having angered Villa fans by not doing the same for Jack Grealish.

As Crouch says, Southgate’s decisions are always going to frustrate some fans and on this occasion, it’s Bamford who’s missed out.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.