Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has ended the pursuit for Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford, outlining that he will no longer chase the 25-year old to play for the Boys in Green.
McCarthy has been in contact with the striker for a number of months in an attempt to get him to play for Ireland but despite some initial promising discussions, the interest from Bamford’s end appears to have dried up.
The former Ipswich boss had outlined during the last international break that Bamford wanted to reopen discussions after the conclusion of the Championship season but there has been no contact from him since.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, McCarthy explained that the onus is still on the striker to make contact with him and that the chasing has finished from the former Ipswich manager’s side.
“I’ve been messaging him. If he wants to play, he’s got my number, he can send me a message. I’ve done all the chasing.
“Denmark is our last game in November and he has not got his passport and he might not get a chance to do it now.”
Bamford had a relatively strong season with Leeds in the Championship despite injury issues, managing nine goals in 15 league starts, however his lack of contact with McCarthy would appear to suggest that he isn’t overly keen on representing the Boys in Green.
Ireland’s goalscoring woes still haven’t been solved despite McCarthy arriving to replace Martin O’Neill at the beginning of the year, with centre-forwards in green consistently struggling to find the net.
Since Aiden O’Brien’s header in a friendly against Poland last August, eight games have gone by without a striker scoring for Ireland despite the likes of Scott Hogan, Seani Maguire and David McGoldrick all getting opportunities.
McCarthy however looks to have a very promising young striker coming through the ranks in Tottenham’s Troy Parrott with the 17-year old starting for Spurs in their games against Juventus and Manchester United in pre-season.
The Irish boss outlined that it was promising to see the former Belvedere striker get pre-season starts, but that the real test will be whether he can get games in the Premier League.
“If Mauricio Pochettino thinks Troy is good enough to play a competitive game for Tottenham, then, yes, but he’s got to be in the team,” McCarthy said on Thursday afternoon at a press event at Trim Celtic.
“I hated pre-season matches, they don’t mean anything except a way to get fit. It’s wonderful that he is getting game time with Spurs now against the likes of Juventus and Manchester United. But the test is, does he play on August 10, the date the Premier League starts?”